Maatsen wasted no time earning a place in Dortmund’s line-up just three days after completing his temporary switch to Signal Iduna Park.
The 21-year-old made an instant impact, helping Edin Terzic’s side to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Bundesliga bottom feeders Darmstadt, with Der BVB now three points off the top four.
For only the second time this season, Maatsen enjoyed 90 minutes of football, returning one blocked shot, one interception, and one tackle.
He also recorded two key passes, completed two of his four attempted long balls and crafted one big chance.
With Ramy Bensebaini away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Algeria and Julian Ryerson on the sidelines, Maatsen is poised to get a run of games in the first team.
He has already proven to be a reliable option at left-back, and it wouldn’t take long before talks of a potential permanent stay at the club begin to creep up.
However, Dortmund may need to cough up a significant sum if they are to keep Maatsen at Signal Iduna Park permanently.
Before joining Die Schwarzgelben, the Netherlands international signed a contract extension at Chelsea, keeping him associated with the Premier League side until 2026.
Dortmund’s loan deal for Maatsen didn’t include a purchase option, but there shouldn’t be much fuss when negotiating a potential deal as the player’s new contract includes an exit clause.
BILD claims that the release clause is worth approximately £30 million, and contrary to previous reports, Dortmund don’t have a right of first refusal for the player.
If the Bundesliga giants want the exciting talent permanently, they will need to activate the release clause. However, it may not be that straightforward, with several Premier League clubs also keen on the left-back.
Maatsen’s release clause will particularly be appealing to Burnley, who saw a similar bid rejected last summer. If the Clarets retain their Premier League status this season, they’ll pose a concrete threat to Dortmund’s plans of keeping Maatsen.
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