Chelsea still plan to offer Ian Maatsen a long-term new contract despite his recent struggles for playing time, sources have told Football Insider.
The 21-year-old has recently seen his deal extended after the Blues activated a one-year clause in his current agreement, which now runs until June 2025.
But it is believed Chelsea are keen to protect their asset by tying him down to a longer-term deal.
Maatsen enjoyed a successful loan at Burnley last season as they were promoted back to the Premier League, notching four goals and six assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.
He rejected a deadline-day permanent move to Turf Moor after the Clarets saw a bid accepted, instead choosing to try and force his way into the Chelsea first-team.
However, the Netherlands Under-21 international has made just two starts in nine total appearances this season.
Maatsen has recently spoken out about “keeping his options open” as Chelsea try to tie him down to a longer-term contract.
He hinted at having to make a “difficult decision” in the near future if his lack of first-team action continues.
The youngster impressed Pochettino during pre-season, catching the eye with performances at left-back, on the wing and in a playmaker role.
But the likes of Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling have been in top form in recent weeks, closing the door to Maatsen playing in a more advanced role.
The resurgence of Marc Cucurella at Stamford Bridge has also been a factor in the starlet’s lack of action.
Football Insider revealed on Monday (20 November) that Cucurella now features prominently in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans after turning his Chelsea career around.
Chelsea, who sit 10th in the Premier League, are next in action against Newcastle on Saturday (25 November).
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