Chelsea face major conundrum over Malang Sarr 12 months after highly praised deal


Chelsea face major conundrum over Malang Sarr 12 months after highly praised deal




Chelsea is expected to welcome back Malang Sarr this weekend after the highly-rated youngster spent a season on loan at FC Porto, but it is unclear what will happen to him.



Malang Sarr, a Chelsea teenager, is expected to return to the club this weekend after a loan spell at FC Porto, but it's unclear if he'll be a first-team regular next season.


Sarr's arrival last summer flew a little under the radar.


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After his contract at OGC Nice expired, the French center-back joined on a free transfer.

He was courted by a number of clubs across Europe but chose to join Chelsea, despite the £250 million spending spree on the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Ben Chilwell.

Sarr has been impressive during his time at Porto, but he has spent the last eight games with the B team.



He's due to return to Stamford Bridge after his loan spell ends, but that doesn't mean he'll be promoted to the first team right away.

If Thomas Tuchel includes Sarr in his first-team plans, he will have to fight for one of the three starting positions in the back three with Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Tuchel has used a 3-4-3 formation since taking over from Frank Lampard, and Silva has played an important role in that.



Raphael Varane, who is expected to leave Real Madrid, has also been linked with a move.

However, if he joins, he would most likely drive Sarr further down the pecking order.

Porto is thought to have opted against signing him permanently or extending his loan.

And, with first-team football at Chelsea looking unlikely for next season, it seems the Blues will have to make a major decision about Sarr's future.



The 22-year-old is already under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025, so he could be loaned out again.

Having only made eight first-team appearances for Porto, he'll be looking for more consistent minutes wherever he plays next season.


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