Jamal Musiala earned his stripes at Cobham training ground before growing into one of the most exciting players in the world at Bayern Munich

Jamal Musiala has already hinted that he could – one day – be open to rejoining Chelsea. The 20-year-old midfielder, who stole the show as Bayern Munich clambered to a 4-3 win over Manchester United in the opening week of the Champions League group stage, swapped Stamford Bridge for the Allianz Arena in 2019.

Since joining the German giants at the age of 16, Musiala hasn’t looked back and he’s become one of the most exciting young players in Europe. Until the age of seven, the former Blues ace lived in Germany, winning numerous tournaments as a junior with TSV Lehnerz.

Then, a few years later, Musiala’s family relocated on the south coast of England – although not for footballing reasons – where he would continue his development. His mum, Carolin, enrolled in a four-month Erasmus programme at the University of Southampton as part of a master’s degree at Frankfurt’s Goethe University.

Musiala quickly caught the eye of Chelsea, where he earned his stripes at Cobham training ground before deciding to return to his homeland and join Bayern. While the Bundesliga champions have shown no willingness to let him go, large sections of the Blues fanbase supporters want Mauricio Pochettino to sign him next after his impressive performance against United.

While it may be wishful thinking, Musiala has previously described Chelsea as ‘family’, sparking fresh speculation of a return. In an interview with The Times in 2021, he said: “My friends [in England] made me feel welcome and comfortable. Chelsea and the FA are family for me, and I am sure, even when I am not there, I remain a member of the family.”

In November 2022, Gary Neville told beIN Sports that he admires the £129million-rated Bayern star for leaving the west London club in search of first-team football. The former Manchester United defender said: “I admire these lads that leave.

“Sancho leaving [Manchester City], Musiala leaving [Chelsea]. I think the fact that they are willing to go to Germany. To Dortmund and to Bayern Munich and experience that different level.

“Bellingham at Birmingham. Manchester United had Bellingham in the building. In front of all the top brass at Man United and he choose to go to Dortmund. But look at him now.”

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