Charles and his three sons, Lamisha, Tika and Charly at Anderlecht few years ago
The Belgium attacker’s arrival was hailed as a coup but he failed to live up to the hype during his short stint at Parkhead.

Zambian Football Legend Charles Musonda’s son Charly Musonda Jr was hailed as Celtic’s marquee signing.

Charly Musonda Jr with his father Charles Musonda Snr

Brendan Rodgers claimed the Hoops beat 24 clubs to sign him on loan in January 2018.

But no sooner was the youngster in Glasgow, he was shipped back to Stamford Bridge.

Brendan Rodgers and Charly Musonda
It’s fair to stay Musonda flattered to deceive at Parkhead.

The 22-year-old caught the eye on his debut when he showed off his tricks and flicks as a sub against Hearts.

Days later he was rewarded with his first start, but it ended in disappointment following Kilmarnock’s shock win at Rugby Park.

Still, Rodgers kept the faith by throwing him in again, this time against Partick Thistle.

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Musonda though, failed to shine and that Scottish Cup tie was the last time he’d start for the Hoops.

He did show a flash of his talent with a sublime assist in Celtic’s 1-0 Europa League win over Zenit.

Charly Musonda

But the super sub show wasn’t enough to land him a place in the starting XI as his Celts career fizzled out with a further four sub appearances.

Musonda’s 18-month loan was eventually terminated in May 2018, just 15 weeks after his high-profile move.

Charly Musonda trains at Chelsea

Explaining why things didn’t work out, Bhoys boss Rodgers said: “He was a joy to work with, wanted to learn, but he’s at the age where he needs to be playing week-in, week-out and unfortunately I couldn’t promise him that.
Charly Musonda in action

“He’s a terrific young player. I think the level the team has been playing at has been difficult at times for Charly to get in.

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“But there’s no doubt he’s a talent and I’m sure next year he’ll go on and hopefully get the games that he wants.”

Last summer, the midfielder was farmed out again on loan, this time to Dutch club Vitesse.

File photo: Charly Musonda at Betis battles Leo Messi

Incredibly, he has yet to play a single game for the Eredivisie outfit due to injury problems.

After signing for Vitesse, he suffered a serious knee injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Royal Antwerp.

ANTWERPEN – 08-09-2018, Bosuil stadion. Dutch football Eredivisie season 2018 / 2019. Friendly match.
(Left-right) Royal Antwerp player Aurelio Buta , Vitesse player Charly Musonda Jr.during the match Royal Antwerp – Vitesse.

It was a nightmare start for the attacker, who has been recovering at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre.

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Despite his lack of game time, both parties agreed that Musonda would see out the season at the GelreDome.


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