Malang Sarr makes honest Chelsea confession and has found ‘perfect solution’

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In a summer that involved Chelsea spending more than £200million, the free signing of Malang Sarr, was arguably their lowest profile arrival. After becoming a free agent at the end of the season, the Blues made a move, signing him to a five-year contract.

With Thiago Silva also arriving, the central defender was allowed to join FC Porto, with his opportunites at Stamford Bridge likely limited.

Frank Lampard may have left since signing the Frenchman, but Sarr is still keeping an eye on goings-on in west London.

Under Lampard’s replacement, Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have opted to use three central defenders, with the change reaping immediate benefits.

In his first 12 games in charge, the Blues have kept 10 clean sheets as their unbeaten start under the German goes on.

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Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta and the injured Thiago Silva are all vying for a position at the heart of his defence.

But away from the club, Fikayo Tomori and Sarr are doing similarly impressive work out on-loan.

Tomori’s move to AC Milan does include a permanent deal, one that the Rossoneri are considering triggering at the end of this season.

Regardless, Sarr is set to rejoin his parent club, with more minutes under his belt.

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The Portuguese giants are unlikely to win the title and the 22-year-old has found himself in and out of the side.

Despite that, the Frenchman believes his move to Porto as a ‘perfect solution’, confirming a move away from Chelsea was always part of his plan, after a difficult final season in France.

Ligue 1 was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic and Sarr accepts that trying to break through in the Premier League may have proved difficult.

“I was training with Chelsea before I got loaned,” Sarr told L’Equipe, as per Sport Witness. “The loan was part of the plan.

“I had to be honest with myself, my season ended in March and I wasn’t going to be successful right away with Chelsea.

“It was the perfect solution because I wanted to do a season at a top club like Porto, to be good and then later take a place at Chelsea.”

They’re comments that will please Tuchel, who has spoken openly about his belief that loaning out players is required for youngsters to develop.

“Sometimes the way is not only straight up, it’s sometimes bumpy, sometimes you go on loan, but I like that they accept the challenge to make it here.

“I feel from the boys here that they absolutely want to make it as Chelsea players. Not only Premier League players, but they want to be Chelsea players, and this is the spirit that we want to feel. When we feel the spirit, in combination of course with the talent, we will push them.”

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