Enzo Fernandez reveals frustration with Chelsea summer decision as Ian Maatsen transfer explained

Enzo Fernandez is currently away with Argentina at the Copa America
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Chelsea look set for another busy summer with two transfers already secured after a change in head coach.

Enzo Maresca has already welcomed in Tosin Adarabioyo as a free agent while Estevao Willian will join from Palmeiras next summer after he turns 18. The Blues are also in the market for an attacker, with reports linking them to Lille striker Jonathan David.

Meanwhile, a number of players could exit Stamford Bridge with Todd Boehly once again combatting Premier League spending limits. Maresca also has the job of keeping those who are staying happy and content.

Enzo Fernandez, it seems, is currently not feeling that due to a recent decision made by Chelsea that will affect his summer ambitions while Ian Maatsen’s exit to Aston Villa has been explained, following his encouraging loan spell at Champions league finalists Borussia Dortmund last season.

Fernandez frustrated with Olympics ban

Midfielder Fernandez has revealed that Chelsea have barred him from representing Argentina at the Olympics this summer. The player - currently featuring at the Copa America - says former boss Mauricio Pochettino gave the green light but the club changed stance once Enzo Maresca was appointed.

Speaking to TyC Sports after helping his country to a 1-0 win over Chile, Fernandez relayed his frustration with the decision, saying: “I did everything possible to be at the Olympics. Pochettino had given me the okay, there was a change of manager and the club changed its stance.

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“I did everything possible to be there, I apologise to Masche [Olympic football coach Javier Mascherano], I wanted to be there, hopefully another time it will happen.” says: It might be annoying for Fernandez but it’s clear why Chelsea have changed course. The club have just appointed a new boss and the player’s involvement in the Olympics would have prevented any summer rapport from being built ahead of the season.

The gold medal match takes place on August 9, meaning Chelsea would have ran the risk of losing him up until a week before the season. Annoying as it may be for Fernandez, especially given Olympic opportunities do not come around too often, it is a sensible choice given Maresca’s arrival and of course the high risk of burnout.

‘Why’ Maatsen move to Dortmund broke down

Maatsen enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Dortmund last season, ultimately playing in the Champions League final at Wembley having only joined in January. He has since returned to Chelsea and has been sold to Aston Villa in a deal worth around £37m.

Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth says talks were held regarding a return to Dortmund but the Germans were unwilling to match his £35m release clause, which had expired by the time Villa secured his services. He mooted that Dortmund may have been banking on Chelsea to cede ground amid their fragile position within spending limits. says: In the end, Chelsea got what they wanted - in fact, they got more than they otherwise would have. Boehly has been accused of many things by onlookers but no-one can question his steel in this case.

I know many fans would have actually liked to keep hold of Maatsen but it seems bridges were burnt, given his father’s recent comments. So perhaps this is a good move for all involved .

Besides, whether they admit it or not, Chelsea need that money right now with the Premier League PSR deadline this Sunday.