Although Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea have not yet reached a deal about the details of the transfer, Borussia Dortmund is apparently hopeful about acquiring Ian Maatsen during the January transfer window.
Many have been surprised by his small role under the Argentine coach after an outstanding preseason tour in the United States and an outstanding Championship loan at Burnley under Vincent Kompany last season, where he was named to the league’s Team of the Season.
Given Chelsea’s mounting problems with injured full-backs, he is naturally a left-back, but he has played a lot of flank positions. Pochettino has previously stated that he will be more active going forward, despite this. Nevertheless, given the ongoing discussions about the star’s future, that seems less and less plausible.
“He’ll be more involved now that the injury situation has changed,” Pochettino stated at his news conference prior to Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United last month. “He was active in the previous game, but young players can occasionally dazzle you in the preseason. However, you should give them some downtime thereafter.
“They struggle from time to time. He’s a nice kid and one of our squad. He can play a variety of positions and has excellent quality; the key is to give him time. He was a Championship player from Burnley the previous season.
“With all due respect, there are differences in the competition and performing at Chelsea. However, he is a player in our plans, and we are happy to have him around because he is always supportive.”
Prior to accepting a £31 million permanent contract, Burnley had made an offer for the star, which the Blues had already approved. However, Maatsen turned down the transfer, preferring to try his luck breaking into the Chelsea starting lineup. Since that hasn’t occurred, it’s evident that the team is still content to let him depart in January, even though Dortmund appears to prefer a loan transfer than a long-term agreement.