The Blues loan star is looking to continue his development at a bigger club with opportunities in Antonio Conte’s squad likely to be limited
Chelsea defender Matt Miazga will again leave on loan next season, but will look to leave for a club at a higher level than Vitesse Arnhem, Goal understands.
The United States defender has had a successful year on loan in the Netherlands and helped Chelsea’s feeder club secure the KNVB Cup, the club’s first major honour in their 125 year history. The cup win will also see Vitesse play in Europe for the first time.
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Miazga made a big impact in the Eredivisie despite only breaking into Vitesse’s team in January.
PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord may be possible destinations and they have shown some early interest but he there have been no concrete talks – as Chelsea await further offers for Miazga.
The 21-year-old had loan offers from two Premier League clubs in the summer and La Liga club Espanyol, but his moves broke down as Chelsea held onto Miazga as a contingency plan with David Luiz’s return still unconfirmed on transfer deadline day.
They ultimately pulled off a £32 million move for the then-Paris Saint-Germain defender but it led to Miazga going to Vitesse. Chelsea also had a loan offer in for Valencia’s Aymen Abdennour which broke down due to the arrival of Luiz.
Chelsea’s arrangement with Vitesse doesn’t stop them loaning players to other Dutch clubs, with Bertrand Traore helping Dutch giants Ajax to a Europa League final against Manchester United.
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Miazga will likely play in one of Europe’s top five leagues, or at one of the Eredivisie’s biggest sides next season, while Chelsea will have meetings with all of their 35+ loanees before the transfer window opens on 1 July.
Chelsea’s loanee Andreas Christensen remains ahead of Miazga after an impressive two-year spell with Borussia Monchengladbach.
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He is at the front of the queue in defence and he is expected to get his chance in Chelsea’s squad for at least their pre-season tour of China.