Chelsea left-back Ian Maatsen has signed a new two-year deal with the club until June 2027, with a release clause active from this summer included in it, according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The 21-year-old is set to join Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the campaign, and he is set to leave for Germany tonight ahead of his medical tomorrow.
Maatsen has found it difficult to break into the first-team plans of Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, and he will now leave on loan for the fourth time having had spells with Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Burnley.
🚨🔵 EXCL: Ian Maatsen signs new deal at Chelsea valid until June 2027, two year extension… and it will include a release clause!
The clause will be valid starting from summer 2024.
🟡⚫️✈️ Maatsen will fly to Dortmund tonight to join BVB on loan, medical tomorrow as revealed. pic.twitter.com/rYI7wv0Ecx
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 9, 2024
The Netherlands youth international will be looking forward to impressing in the German top-flight, and the Blues have decided to extend his contract, protecting his value as a result.
Maatsen has played 15 games across all competitions for Chelsea this term, but he has started just thrice and was starting to get frustrated with being a squad player.
The Stamford Bridge club are not short of options on both wings and at the full-back positions, and letting him leave would not hurt their chances despite his versatility and quality.
Dortmund are hoping to finish in the top-four this term following an underwhelming start to the campaign, and adding Maatsen to their ranks could give them a much-needed boost during the second half of 2023-24.
While there is no purchase option in his deal, Dortmund and other suitors are expected to attempt to sign the youngster permanently in the summer, and Chelsea will have to sign a replacement in the summer.
Ben Chilwell is set to return to action soon, but Marc Cucurella is still on crutches following his ankle surgery.
Six months of regular football will likely increase Maatsen’s value ahead of a potential permanent sale in the summer.
Chelsea accepted a £31.5 million offer from Burnley on deadline day in the summer before the player opted against a permanent move.
However, suitors, including Dortmund, were unwilling to match those terms this month, but Chelsea are likely to look to cash in on him in a bid to stay in line with Financial Fair Play constraints while continuing to splash the cash.
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