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Charly Musonda claims he was wanted by a host of Premier League clubs before he joined Real Betis on loan in January

Chelsea’s on-loan midfielder Charly Musonda claims Manchester United, City and Arsenal want to sign him.

The 19-year-old has been one of Chelsea’s standout academy stars, winning both the FA Youth Cup and the Uefa Youth League.

Musonda has also impressed in La Liga since joining Real Betis on loan in January, and the midfielder claims he has attracted interest from the Premier League’s top sides.

“Nobody could know what Mourinho had in mind for me,” Musonda told Het Nieuwsblad.

“It was simple: many English clubs wanted to buy me. Manchester United, City, Arsenal, but a loan was the only option for Chelsea.

“Only one thing matters to me - playing! Whether I return [to Chelsea] or not.

“There was interest from France, Netherlands. My ex-coach Yannick Ferrera, who I speak to a lot, wanted me at Standard, but I did not want to return to Belgium. And in the end I joined Betis.”

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