Chelsea is reportedly set to issue an ultimatum to defender Ian Maatsen, as they aim to adhere to their new policy, signaling that he must either commit to a new contract or consider leaving the club. Journalist Ben Jacobs revealed this development, emphasizing Chelsea’s stance on the matter.
Recently, Chelsea extended Maatsen’s existing contract by an additional 12 months by exercising a one-year option in his current deal. However, this move still leaves the left-back with the option to depart Stamford Bridge as a free agent in 2025. Chelsea appears resolute in avoiding such an outcome.
As per Jacobs, Chelsea’s policy demands that Maatsen either signs a long-term contract or is made available for transfer in 2024. The club is not inclined to allow the situation to linger without a clear resolution throughout the year.
While the possibility of a January departure is suggested, it is not guaranteed, as the extension secured by Chelsea is perceived as a means to buy the club additional time. Maatsen faces challenges in securing a new contract, as he has not started a Premier League game this season and currently ranks as the fourth choice in the left-back position at Chelsea.
Several other players, including Levi Colwill, Ben Chilwell, and Marc Cucurella, have received starting opportunities, leaving Maatsen with limited prospects. The 21-year-old’s sporadic appearances as a substitute have not led to a breakthrough, and in a recent match against Brentford, he was criticized for lacking strength and being easily beaten during a pivotal moment that led to a goal.
The argument for Maatsen is that he requires more consistent playing time to make an impact and find rhythm, but given the current array of options available to manager Mauricio Pochettino, providing substantial minutes is a challenge. Chelsea’s policy appears to be firmly in place, creating a situation where Maatsen’s future with the club is contingent on his decision regarding a new contract.