June 21, 2024

The defender is back at Chelsea ahead of pre-season following his loan spell at Burnley

Ian Maatsen says he will ‘never forget’ his 2022/23 loan spell at Burnley – and that he is now focused on preparing himself for whatever next season holds.

The Dutchman proved to be a superb loan signing for the Clarets, with Maatsen making 42 appearances in all competitions – in which he scored four goals and assisted a further six. Maatsen now heads back to parent club Chelsea, where he is under contract until 2024 (with option) and has a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino to impress.

Maatsen made the Championship Team of the Season and experienced winning the Championship title away to Burnley’s fierce rivals, Blackburn Rovers. Vincent Kompany – whom Maatsen loved playing under – reportedly wants the player back at Turf Moor next season as Burnley prepare for their Premier League campaign.

But the apparent £20million price tag makes any potential return uncertain at this stage. For now though, Maatsen looks back on his year in Lancashire with great fondness.

“Yeah, I think this season was a really special season, but also a beautiful season,” Maatsen told Chelsea’s website. “Having Vincent Kompany as manager of an English team was really exciting. When I first went there it was straight away a family feeling. We worked hard with each other.

“We knew each other more and more, on and off the pitch, so it was a really beautiful season with loads of experience and enjoyment for me. I couldn’t really have hoped for more and I hope whatever next season is going to hold for me it can be the same. It was my first trophy on senior level.

“I won many times when I was younger, but this one was really special because you dream of it as a young boy, to be a champion. The stadium was full, people were screaming our names, we were going on the bus with the trophy, seeing all the Burnley fans in the city screaming and clapping for us. I will never forget that moment, so it was really nice.

“I had the time to enjoy the win and get my rest, but also I can’t sit still at home, so I’m always busy training or just doing stuff. So I’ve just been preparing myself for the next step, to be prepared for anything that comes my way. Also this year, we’ve got the Under-21 Euros with the national team, so I’m preparing myself for that too.”


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