CELTIC loan flop Charly Musonda has been blasted by Belgium Under-21 boss Johan Walem.

The international coach reckons the 21-year-old playmaker has a problem after cutting short his spell at the Hoops by a year to return to Chelsea.

Musonda arrived in January, but made only three starts for the champions and his failure to make an impact came as no surprise to Walem.

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.”

Musonda made his debut for the Hoops in the 1-0 loss against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in February, only the club’s second domestic defeat under Brendan Rodgers.

He also started the following week which saw the holders overcome Partick Thistle 3-2 at Parkhead and was in the line-up in the goalless draw at home against St Johnstone eight days later.

The former Belgian youth ace also made five substitute appearances.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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