Lucas Piazon open to Chelsea exit

The 19-year-old Brazilian speaks fondly of his time in London, but would not mind leaving Stamford Bridge if the club decide they no longer want him at the end of the season
By Nanna Lunnemann

Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon admits he would be open to leaving Stamford Bridge in order to keep playing first-team football.

The 19-year-old Brazilian moved on loan to Malaga after making just two Capital One Cup appearances and one in the Premier League, coming off the bench and missing a penalty during the 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in December.

He moved to La Rosaleda in January, and hinted that he may not return to the Blues when his loan deal expires at the end of the season.

"I was not playing every game there. They have big players and they were in a bad position at
the time... not in a bad position, but Chelsea always want to be at the top," he told

"So it was hard for me not to be playing every game there, but here at Malaga I am playing almost every game, so for me it has been great for my career to be here and to get this experience.

"Chelsea will change manager [in the summer], so I think after the pre-season they will decide if they want me to stay there or send me to another club for next season. We do not know yet."

Piazon left Sao Paulo for west London after being spotted at the Under-17 South American championship in 2011, but said he was made to feel comfortable at the club despite moving to a new country at a young age.

"I moved to London by myself because my family could not move at the time," he added. "I was alone for three months and then they arrived and we rented a house. But it was worth it, I like Chelsea. It was a great experience to play in the youth team and some games with the first team.

"Everybody helped me at Chelsea. It was difficult because I was 17 and playing against older and stronger lads. As well as that, the weather and the play is different. Everybody helped me a lot; the players and the coaches, too. There were a few Brazilians there, so I felt comfortable and we lived near each other."

Although Piazon has played more minutes for Malaga than Chelsea, featuring in 10 of their 14 league matches since his move, he has found his recent opportunities limited to substitute appearances. But he admits that while it is sometimes difficult, he is very much enjoying life on the south coast of Spain.

"Sometimes it's hard, but it's normal. There's pressure like in any job. It doesn't affect me and I'm happy to be at Malaga, it's a good club," he continued.

"Here I live near the beach. When it's sunny we go to the beach or to the team hotel, which is near there. I also play tennis with my dad and I go to the gym. I like the lifestyle and food here, it's similar to what I ate back home.

"I like Malaga because it's similar to Brazil. I believe it's better this way because I'm not a physical player, but more technical. The style of play in Spain and Brazil is not so different. The rhythm is slower and the players are not as physical as in England.

"What I want now is to play. If it happens in Chelsea I will be very, very happy, but if it happens
here or for another club, I will be happy as well. That is what I want with my life for the next year. I just want to keep playing while I am young."