Thomas Tuchel laments Chelsea's lack of rhythm in loss to Juventus
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Chelsea defender Matt Miazga has dropped a big hint over his Stamford Bridge career – admitting that he “definitely” sees himself having a future in Spain. The American ace is currently enjoying a fruitful loan spell with La Liga side Alaves.
Miazga has been at Chelsea since a £4million move from New York Red Bulls in 2016.
But despite a five-year stay in London, he’s only managed to make two first-team appearances for the Blues.
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He’s spent the majority of the past five years out on loan – with a season-long stay in Spain with Alaves the latest in a string of moves that has seen him spend time with clubs such as Anderlecht and Nantes.
But it now seems that Miazga may have finally located a permanent home, as he opened up on how much he’s enjoying life in La Liga.
“I’m enjoying everything. I’ve been to several countries in my career, mostly in Europe, but in terms of football and quality of life, I really like Spain,” he told Marca.
“I want to learn the language and master it. The truth is that I wish I had taken my Spanish classes more seriously when I was younger.
“Now I see why Spanish football is one of the best leagues in the world. The level is very high, and I know I’m going to learn and progress a lot this season.
“It’s early to say, but I’m really enjoying it. I definitely see myself with a future in Spain, but you never know in football.
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“I just want to win and keep playing well here at Alaves, have continuity and play minutes for the team to win and move up the table.”
It’s likely that a permanent switch away for Miazga would be something the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would consider.
The Blues pursuit of another central defender has been well-documented, with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde heavily linked with Thomas Tuchel’s side over the summer.
Although a deal failed to materialise, the uncertainty over Antonio Rudiger’s future could lead to Tuchel revisiting a deal for Kounde in the future.
Rudiger is in the final year of his current deal at Stamford Bridge and there are no guarantees he’ll pen fresh terms.
But even if he were to depart, it wouldn’t open the door to the first team for Miazga, with academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah currently impressing as he auditions for a permanent spot in Tuchel’s senior set-up in the future.
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