'You must go': 19-year-old Chelsea prospect says Tuchel urged him to leave on loan
Ian Maatsen explained that Thomas Tuchel told him to leave Chelsea over the summer and go on loan to develop as a player.
Speaking to the club website, the 19-year-old shared the conversation he had with the head coach about his future.
Maatsen briefly worked with Tuchel during pre-season, before dropping down a division to join Coventry City for the campaign.
His transition from the Blues to the Sky Blues has been a colourful triumph so far.
What did Tuchel tell Maatsen?
The teenager’s appearance tally at 22 for the term, with 20 of those achieved as a starter for Mark Robins’ side.
He, along with fellow Cobham academy graduate Jake Clarke-Salter, has taken to life in the Championship like a duck to water.
Maatsen might not have been able to spread his wings so successfully had Tuchel not advised him to depart Chelsea for the time being.
“He just said you are young; you must go and play as many minutes as you can and when the time is there you will be ready for the Premier League or the next step in your career,” said the defender about his chat with the German manager.
“I follow Chelsea all the time. Every single player is so good.
“They are in a good position, they play well, and I can learn from them outside of football as well.”
On the hunt for a Chilwell replacement
If Maatsen has been keeping a close eye on his parent club, he will be well aware of the injury concerns that continue to hit the senior camp.
Ben Chilwell’s long-term absence had some demanding Chelsea recall the Dutch Under-21 international from Coventry to provide cover in the squad.
Although the Blues do have an option to reclaim the junior left-back, The Athletic say this return transfer is unlikely.
Although the dream must be to represent Tuchel’s team, Maatsen would be wise to continue his journey in the second tier for now.