Friday, September 29, 2023

‘I’m still here’ – Footage shows Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen celebrating failed deadline day move to Burnley

Burnley fans were left disappointed by their failed transfer for Chelsea starlet Ian Maatsen. However, the player himself was delighted with the outcome. The Clarets had a loan offer with a £31.5 million obligation to buy clause accepted by the Blues, hoping to bring the 21-year-old back to Turf Moor.

Maatsen, who helped Burnley win the Championship during his loan spell last season, rejected the chance to return on deadline day. Instead, the versatile Dutch youth international, capable of playing as a left-back or winger, wants to fight for his place under Mauricio Pochettino.

In a behind-the-scenes video that has gone viral on social media, Maatsen can be seen celebrating his failed transfer. While watching Sky Sports News’ coverage of deadline day, Burnley’s offer for Maatsen appeared on the screen. With a big grin on his face, he gave a thumbs up and proudly declared to the Chelsea faithful, “I’m still here guys, up the Blues.”

This rejection comes as a huge blow to Burnley boss Vincent Kompany, who considered Maatsen one of his star players last season. Maatsen’s impressive performances in the Championship earned him a spot in the EFL Championship Team of the Year and the PFA Championship Team of the Year. He also featured heavily for Chelsea in pre-season, scoring the first goal of the Pochettino era in a win over Wrexham.

Although Maatsen has yet to start in the Premier League this season, he has made appearances off the bench in home games against Liverpool and Luton. He was also included in the midweek line-up for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup second-round victory over AFC Wimbledon.

It remains to be seen what position Pochettino sees Maatsen playing in and whether he is part of the manager’s long-term plans. Chelsea fans will be eager to see how the talented youngster develops under Pochettino’s guidance.

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Yesterday was the final day of the English Premier League’s winter transfer window and with the clock ticking, anticipation was high as to who would make the move to a new club. However, for 16-year-old Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen, the deadline day brought a particularly amusing outcome.

Maatsen had been hotly tipped throughout the window as a potential signing for Burnley and emotions ran high as the transfer window window approached its cut-off point.

Nevertheless, as the dust settled at the end of the day, it had become apparent that the move had not come to fruition. But far from appearing despondent, an in-form Maatsen took to social media to share his delight at the news, posting a photograph of himself raising his arms aloft and captioning it: ‘I’m still here.’

Since signing for Chelsea pace the age of 11, Maatsen has gone from strength to strength, progressing to feature for the development squad before being called up to the Dutch Under 16 squad. Without doubt, he has an extremely bright future ahead of him and will no doubt be keen to remain and continue at Chelsea for the foreseeable future.

Speaking about his failed transfer, Maatsen said: “I’m looking forward to the future and I’m happy I can stay at my current club.”

The humorous outcome of events further serves to highlight the rapidly developing career of Maatsen and reported interest from Premier League clubs – despite a move not coming to fruition on this occasion. At such a young age, the future certainly looks bright for the starlet.

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