Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda has opened up on his plans for the first season after recovering from a terrible knee injury.

After joining Dutch club Vitesse last season on a season-long deal, the Belgian ruptured ligaments in his knee in the very first pre-season friendly.

He has been absent for a year and made his first official appearance for the club this month.

“The last year has been the toughest of my life,” Musonda told the Independent. “I’ve suffered a lot this year. Sometimes, it can get very lonely.

Every morning I woke up with the same thought: to play. It’s only when it’s taken away that you understand how much you love football. I didn’t realise how much I could miss it.”

“I know people will doubt me because, after a year-and-a-half, they don’t know if I’m still the same player. But deep down, I know how good I can be. I want to show the world what I can do and, if I prove I’m still the same Charly Musonda, I’m 100% confident I can break back into the Chelsea team.

Maybe it’s me being a bit naive or overconfident or just believing I can do it, but that has been my dream since I was 15 years old and that’s never changed. I want to wear the Chelsea shirt one more time.”

Once highly-rated Chelsea academy product, Charly Musonda will remain at Vitesse for another year. So far, he has played in every Eredivisie game this season, albeit only from the bench.