Armando Broja breaks silence on Chelsea future and drops huge transfer hint amid Monaco interest

Armando Broja
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Armando Broja has admitted he could be on his way out of Chelsea this summer as speculation continues to mount over his future.

The 22-year-old striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham after Chelsea tried to offload him on a permanent basis. However, the Blues' £50million asking price was not met in the January transfer window and the club are expected to lower their demands in the summer.

After a season that brought just two goals in all competitions, Broja's stock has lowered over the past 12 months. A good European Championship campaign with Albania, though, would see it increase once again.

Many expected Broja to have a key role at Stamford Bridge under Mauricio Pochettino when Nicolas Jackson represented Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations in January but instead the Blues opted to loan him out after failing to sell him in the mid-season transfer window. Broja, too, seemed surprised with Chelsea's decision.

"I did think when Nicolas Jackson went away with Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations that I would be given an opportunity to play a load of games," Broja said in an interview with The Athletic. "I started three times in January, but I thought there were times I could have been utilised more.

"I got the feeling people expected me to just run past three, four players and put it in the bottom corner. But I was fighting to get my fitness and things were going through my head like, 'What will happen to me in January?'.

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"There was a lot of speculation around me at the time, whether I would go on loan. I just wanted answers from the club, a bit of reassurance, and I didn't get that. In the end, I decided to go on loan because I wanted to get more minutes. I thought it was the perfect time where I could play football continuously for four months up until the Euros."

That, however, was not the case for Broja. Despite Marco Silva desperately wanting to bring him to Fulham, the form of fellow striker Rodrigo Muniz effectively kept Broja out of the side at Craven Cottage.

After signing for the Cottagers late in January, Broja featured just eight times in the Premier League during his loan spell. The Albania international was an unused substitute on four occasions and not named in the squad three times.

Now, ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer transfer window for Broja, his future remains up in the air. Chelsea are looking to sell the striker when the window opens, understands, with any sale accounting for pure profit to help align with the Premier League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

AS Monaco have expressed their interest in signing Broja, who is contracted at Stamford Bridge until 2028. There are said to be several Premier League clubs keeping a close eye on the Slough-born Albanian international, too, knowing Chelsea's position over a sale.

"Nothing has been decided yet, but if I need to go somewhere else to get back in my groove, then of course I would want to do that," Broja said on his future. "As a player, there is no better feeling than being on the pitch and knowing you have a club and a team who defends you; a club who allow you to make mistakes because they know you will become something.

"But right now, all my focus is on doing my best for Albania at the Euros. I am as excited as any Albanian in the world. I cannot wait."