Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon has admitted that he wanted to make a permanent move to Fulham, following his loan spell at Craven Cottage earlier in his career.
Piazon first spent two years with Fulham between 2016 and 2018, making a total of 58 appearances for the club and scoring 12 goals, winning promotion to the Premier League in his second season with the club.
Reflecting on his time at Fulham in an interview with the print edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Brazilian revealed that it was during his first year at Fulham that he decided to look for a permanent move from Chelsea, but was advised by his agents to bide his time for an agreement between the two clubs that eventually never happened.
Explaining how that situation developed, Piazon is quoted as saying: “When I signed for Fulham, it was super fresh, I really enjoyed the club.
“It was there that I decided that the best thing was to be sold, but my agents said: ‘You get another year on loan, the clubs will eventually come to an agreement and you get out for good’.
“I then played another year for Fulham, we made it to the Premier League, but the negotiations didn’t advance. I was waiting, waiting… and nothing.”
Discussing what happened following his return to Chelsea, Piazon added: “Sarri was the manager of Chelsea at that time, he saw all this and said to me: ‘I register here, stay with us’. I stayed, but in January I had to go out again.”
That January departure saw Piazon link up with Chievo in Italy for the second half of last season, but after making just four appearances in Serie A, the midfielder has now joined Portuguese side Rio Ave on a two-year loan deal.
This is an interesting one.
Given the part that Piazon played for Fulham during his two years at the club, I imagine the prospect of a permanent move for the midfielder would have been considered.
You have to wonder therefore whether it was Chelsea’s valuation of the player that put the Cottagers off a move, something which would be hugely frustrating for Piazon were it to be the case, given his lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
I do feel for Piazon here, given he has clearly shown the desire and commitment to his own career in looking to break away from a club the size of Chelsea, only for that to have yet to come off in the few years it has been since he made that decision.