, Reason behind Chelsea’s surprise Leicester City transfer decision emerges in new report

Reason behind Chelsea’s surprise Leicester City transfer decision emerges in new report

Leicester City saw Cesare Casadei’s loan cut short by Chelsea because they were unhappy with his game time, The Athletic has reported.

Leicester City managed to recruit midfielder Casadei on loan last summer. He joined on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, linking up countryman Enzo Maresca at the King Power Stadium.

The Italian had spent half of the season prior in the Championship with Reading and after netting seven goals in an impressive U20 European Championship campaign, his stock had grown massively.

Casadei wasn’t always a guaranteed starter with the Foxes but he played a part in all but three of the 25 second-tier games he was at Leicester City for. Overall, he played 25 times for Maresca, chipping in with three goals and two assists.

It left those at the Championship table-toppers surprised when Chelsea opted to recall him.

Now, The Athletic has said that the Premier League club were unhappy with his game time, hence the decision to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

Intriguingly though, they did not find him a new loan move and since returning, Casadei has played just 17 minutes. They have been spread over three Premier League appearances as a substitute, with no cup outings made due to him being cup tied from his time at Leicester City.

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, Reason behind Chelsea’s surprise Leicester City transfer decision emerges in new report

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A tricky situation

Chelsea have made a fair few ill-advised decisions in recent times. Looking at how Casadei’s situation has panned out, you have to think their move to end his loan prematurely joins the growing list of decisions that haven’t paid off.

The report states they were happy with his progress at Leicester City. Even if they weren’t totally satisfied with his game time, he still would have been better off with what he was getting under Maresca in comparison to the minimal chances he’s had at Stamford Bridge.

, Reason behind Chelsea’s surprise Leicester City transfer decision emerges in new report
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Even with the concerning lack of depth in the middle back at Stamford Bridge due to injuries, Casadei still hasn’t played. Put simply, their move to end his Leicester loan was a surprise one, and one that probably didn’t need to be made.

For Leicester City though, they ultimately haven’t paid the price of losing Casadei. While form has dipped at times, they remain top of the division and on course for a return to the Premier League. They’ve managed in the middle without the Chelsea loan starlet and ultimately, his half-season stint on their books will go down as a fairly unremarkable one.

The Foxes are in action against Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend. The winner will book a trip to Wembley for the semi-finals.

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