Ian Maatsen Extends Chelsea Contract, Heads to Borussia Dortmund on Loan
Following a prosperous time at Burnley, Maatsen aimed to become a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s revamped starting lineup.
The Netherlands Under-21 international, on the other hand, has only been allowed to play in 12 substitute appearances across all tournaments and three starts.
Chelsea was open to selling him in January, therefore talks have been held to figure out how best to continue his development with just 18 months left on his contract.
Co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital are under pressure to make sure Chelsea abides by FFP rules for the duration of this month because they know what would happen to them if they don’t.
Dortmund was unable to satisfy Chelsea’s reportedly excessive £25 million demands for Maatsen, though, and as a result, a compromise was struck by all sides.
The 21-year-old will play the remainder of the season at the Westfalenstadion, according to the West Londoners’ approval.
In exchange, Maatsen’s terms were extended by an additional 12 months, carrying him until 2026, strengthening Chelsea’s position over a potential fee.
Chelsea’s decision to return David Datro Fofana from his loan at Union Berlin in order to clear a foreign loan slot has made this transfer possible.
It was claimed on Thursday night that, provided a medical clearance be granted in due course, the Ivorian will now sign a comparable contract to join Burnley, a Premier League team.
Maatsen’s departure from Stamford Bridge is said to have Pochettino wondering if he should bring in another left-sided defender for his team.
However, adopting that strategy at this point is doubtful because Malo Gusto can fill in there when needed and Ben Chilwell is close to returning from a hamstring injury.