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Loaned Out Brazilian Lucas Piazon Eyes Long Chelsea Future

Midfielder promises a strong return next season.

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Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon has said that he can understand why the club have loaned him out to Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem this season and hopes that he will be in a better position to make a challenge for a regular first team spot upon his return to Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports reports.

The 19-year-old has told reporters in his homeland that he is in regular contact with people at Chelsea after being sent out to continue his development with a year in the Dutch top flight.

He has claimed that he was reassured by Jose Mourinho over the summer that a short term switch to Vitesse would be beneficial for his development, where he should focus on doing the best he can.

Asked about being loaned out, Piazon is quoted as telling UOL: “I think it’s normal. It’s hard for a player of my age to play at a big team.

“Chelsea’s directors are always in touch with me and my family. I know that in order to improve I need to play for those smaller European teams.

“I hope to play for Chelsea as soon as possible, but that is up to me too, up to my performance here. I have to stay a year here and do my best.

“During the pre-season, he (Mourinho) said the kids would be loaned out as the squad was too strong and too big.

“It’s actually better so that we can play most games. But he talked with me and assured me it would be good for me.”

When asked about whether he would consider a return to Brazilian football, Piazon insisted that it was better for him to stay in Europe away from the limelight.

He explained: “Pressure is much bigger in Brazil, so I think this is a good thing about Holland and Europe as a whole. We can play with a clear head.”

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