Juan Familia-Castillo has honestly admitted that he does not expect to break into the Chelsea first-team.

The 19-year-old left Ajax for Chelsea back in 2016 and is currently playing his games in the English sides U19 side. He scored in their UEFA Youth League win over Montpellier on Wednesday.

Speaking to ‘Podcasten with Petersen from FC Afkicken’, Familia-Castillo said on his decision to leave Ajax, “I had several choices.

“I could stay at Ajax if I wanted, but I could go to different clubs. I was then advised that I had to look at where I could best develop within the next three years. If you look at England, then you see that Chelsea wins the most prizes and has the best youth.

“I was able to develop well at Ajax but in England you play against better players, everything is a bit bigger.”

Despite impressing at youth level, Familia-Castillo isn’t expecting a first-team breakthrough in London, “Because of what I’ve seen and gained over the past few years, I don’t think I’ll break through at Chelsea. If you come in as a youth player, you’ll always stay that way.

“If a club buys you, they really see you as a player of the first. That does not mean that you are not good enough, but it does not suit the club. There are plenty of ways to get there. And if you have Ajax and Chelsea on your resume, that also works to your advantage.”

The defender’s deal with Chelsea expires in the summer and the expectation is that he will leave.




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