Belgian Under-21 manager Johan Walem has slammed Charly Musonda over his attitude after Celtic ripped up his loan agreement with Chelsea.
Musonda made just two league starts for Celtic and has not featured for Brendan Rodgers’ side for the past six weeks, before his loan deal was cancelled after Brendan Rodgers had discussions with his Chelsea counterparts.
However, Walem says that he isn’t surprised over Musonda’s lack of impact with the Scottish champions, after the youngster refused a call up to his team.
He said: “He went to Celtic and look what happened. It’s Celtic – I saw them in the Champions League. A player like Charly should always be in this team.
“But he has not played. So that leads me to believe there is a problem with him. He has got everything for the top level. He’s talented, bright, fast, he has great vision.
“But perhaps his problem is that he’s been told he’s too good far too often. For the Under 21s, the door is closed for him and it was him who shut it.
“I selected him for the squad and he didn’t want to come – supposedly to concentrate on Chelsea. Yet I spent a full day with him in London and everything went well. I met with Antonio Conte and he told me he expected Charly to be in the first team squad in the near future.
“Then he refused the call-up.”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that the ripping up of Musonda’s loan deal was the best for all parties involved.
Rodgers said: “I met with Chelsea on Monday. Charly’s contract was set in that at the end of the season, there was a sort of review really of where he was at and whether they wanted to take him back.
“I had a great conversation with the people at Chelsea. The idea was for Charly to come out and play as many games as he possibly could.
“And of course we’re looking at him and thinking he may not get the games that they would like him to get for next season.
“So my job when I bring young players on loan is to give them the environment and hopefully give them as much game time as I possibly can.
“If that doesn’t happen, then of course we don’t own the player. He’s a terrific young player.
“I think the level that the team has been playing it has been difficult for Charly to get in and play.
“But there’s no doubt he’s a talent and I’m sure next year he will go on and get the games that he wants.
“But as I say, he was a joy to work with, a really good boy, he wanted to learn. He’s at an age where he’s not 18, 19.
“He’s at an age he needs to be playing week in, week out and unfortunately I just couldn’t promise him that.”
Musonda had earlier posted up a farewell message to Celtic fans via his instagram page, he said: “I’d like to thank all of the Celtic family, spending the second half of the season in such a prestigious club with its incredible fans was an experience to cherish, to receive number 67 and have your incredible support, everywhere in Glasgow was amazing.
“I will never forget the noise of a European night at the Park, and to be a part of it and witness it first hand was an experience that’s made me more hungry for that stage, and that’s thanks to you, and the players that just won the league 7 times in a row, and hopefully a double treble.
“I will be a supporter of Celtic forever, I’d like to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me that opportunity and guidance every single day, as I continue on my quest.”