Charly Musonda revealed he would reject payment just to remain at Chelsea for another season.
Speaking to The Beautiful Game Podcast, Musonda shared the lengths he went to try and convince the hierarchy to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
What’s happening with Musonda?
The 25-year-old explained to supporters via an Instagram post that he is set to cut ties with the Blues at the end of the campaign.
His contract runs out next summer and clearly the club have decided against offering him a new deal.
Permitted the Belgian does leave as a free agent, it will conclude a decade of dented service to the European champions.
Musonda arrived at Cobham in 2012 and instantly lit up the youth teams.
Yet, due to a succession of loans and horrible luck with injuries, the attacker has made just seven senior appearances for Chelsea.
He has always been vocal about wanting to break back into the Blues set-up, once his fitness had returned fully.
That desperation to represent the team he treasured so dearly boiled over into conversations with Thomas Tuchel.
“I spoke with the manager and I obviously knew what he thought of me in training. I explained to him the same thing, I will play here for free,” said Musonda.
“It’s not to do with the contract, I will literally play for free this year. I can be the last guy in the squad.
“Train hard, basically build my way through training. Play with the 23s, get some fitness back and from there see. It’s a long season, there’s a lot of games.
“I’m not even asking to start those games, I was just saying, if I can come on, get 15, 20 minutes here and there.
“He (Tuchel) understood. We had a good chat and he said: “Listen, it’s not up to me. The contract talks are something else.”
Musonda to move on from Chelsea
In the end, the decision came down to the technical and performance advisor, Petr Cech, who basically broke the bad news to Musonda via a phone call.
Due to his long absences and lack of competitive action, it would be a risky call to offer the forward a new deal.
Chelsea housed the once-promising youngster for so long, yet the tenancy is about to run out.
Hopefully, for Musonda’s sake, he can find another football roof to put over his head and start afresh elsewhere.