Coventry City manager Mark Robins has ruled out any talks with Chelsea over an Ian Maatsen recall
According to Football.London, Mark Robins has suggested that Ian Maatsen will play for Coventry City until the end of the season despite his recent return to Chelsea.
Chelsea on loan Ian Maatsen is having a fairly successful spell at Coventry. The Dutch starlet has already secured 21 Championship appearances this campaign – a big number for a 19-year-old. The left-back has also rarely shown impressive attacking vigor and defensive knowledge on this flank.
Despite having had a good season, Ian Maatsen has recently returned to Cobham which has understandably fueled speculation over where he will be playing his football in the second half of the campaign.
Chelsea have to play all season without first-choice left-back Ben Chilwell after recent surgery ruled out any possibility of his return. Despite seeking solutions elsewhere, Maatsen’s recall was a possibility.
No Maatsen at Chelsea
However, Coventry City manager Mark Robins has revealed Maatsen has only returned to Cobham for medicals following his recent fitness issue, and there are no talks of a return yet. long-term at the west London club.
“Maats has undergone treatment and is back with Chelsea, so he won’t be available for the game this weekend.
Robins also hinted that he does not anticipate any contact from the Blues regarding a recall. He added:
“We don’t need confirmation. Obviously he’s with us until the end of the season unless we have a conversation with Chelsea, and there are extreme circumstances, I guess. But from my point of view, we haven’t had any contact with Chelsea, and I don’t anticipate any.
Maatsen enjoyed productive spells with the Chelsea U18, U19 and U23 sides. Even though the young Dutchman currently doesn’t have much experience in the top flight, he is currently very young and has a bright future ahead of him.
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However, it looks like the Dutch U21 international is set to return to Coventry City after completing his medical assessment. Thus, we must focus on other alternatives. Kenedy is a player we recalled to the role after his loan spell at Flamengo.
Maatsen would still return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season from Sky Blues, but by then Chilwell could well be back for next season. Nonetheless, with Alonso aging and stronger than he was a few years ago, it could offer the youngster a chance to get some first-team minutes in our famous blue shirt.