January 19, 2021

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Chelsea news: Longest-serving player Lucas Piazon finally agrees permanent exit

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Frank Lampard was playing for Chelsea when Lucas Piazon arrived at the club (Picture: Getty Images)

Lucas Piazon’s epic stint as a Chelsea player who didn’t play for them is finally at an end after he agreed a permanent move to Braga.

The 26-year-old is Chelsea’s longest-serving player, having arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2011 from Sao Paulo for around £5m.

Carlo Ancelotti was in charge of the Blues when the deal was agreed, but Andre Villas-Boas had arrived in the summer for Piazon’s first season at the club.

There was much expected of Piazon when he arrived, with Chelsea beating other European giants for his signature, and he impressed in the youth teams when he arrived as a 17-year-old.

However, progression to the first team never really came to fruition, with just one Premier League appearance, which came as a substitute and saw him miss a penalty during an 8-0 win over Aston Villa.

He managed a couple of outings in the League Cup in 2012-13, but his Chelsea first team appearances have never gone beyond three.

Since then he has been out on loan at Malaga, Vitesse, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and Rio Ave.

His loans have been of varying degrees of success, with the highlight being his stint in the Eredivisie with Vitesse, where he scored 11 league goals in the 2013-14 season.

Piazon signed his latest contract extension at Chelsea in 2019, extending his stay until the summer of 2021, but even then said he was ready to leave.

‘My time at Chelsea is already over,’ he told A Bole in September 2019.

Lucas Piazon has finally found a new home in Portugal (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’m 25, I’ve been on loan several times. I’ve been at Chelsea since 2011, I’ve been on loan almost all over Europe.

‘I’m tired of playing here and there, I need a place where I can feel at home. I want to know that in July I will return to the same place, to the same house.

‘I’d have a good season on loan, but I’d come back and was soon loaned again.

‘There was no point in going out on loan, playing well, coming back, not being used and being loaned again.

‘There comes a time in your career that makes no sense anymore. By the way, I said exactly that three years ago and it didn’t go so well at Chelsea, it generated some discomfort.’

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