Date: 26th February 2023 at 12:21pm
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Chelsea will be hoping to kickstart a change in form when they face Tottenham Hotspur in a potentially crucial match on Sunday. 

The Blues have been on a dismal run of late, winning just two of their last 16 games across all competitions, and manager Graham Potter is under increasing pressure.

Despite Chelsea’s poor performances, one of their younger players has been impressing out on loan, and it appears that his current club are keen to extend his stay.

According to The Sun, Championship leaders Burnley have been impressed with full-back Ian Maatsen, and are hoping to keep hold of the player beyond this summer.

The 21-year-old has made 31 appearances across all competitions for The Clarets so far this season, scoring four goals and providing five assists from left-back.

Those in charge of the Championship club are said to be planning ahead for a potential return to the top flight at the first time of asking, with Vincent Kompany’s side currently 12 points clear at the top of the table.

With that in mind, they are hopeful of securing Maatsen’s services on loan for a further season, and The Blues are said to be open to the idea.

Maatsen has impressed for Burnley this season

Maatsen, who has been capped seven times by The Netherlands at under-21 level, will have just 12 months remaining on his current Chelsea contract when he returns to the club at the end of the current campaign.

The defender would be unlikely to become a regular next term, though, with both Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella ahead of him in the pecking order of left-backs at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea could therefore consider offering the youngster a new deal, before sending him back on loan to Turf Moor.

Maatsen joined Chelsea from the youth academy of Dutch side PSV back in 2018, and has previously spent time on loan at Football League sides Charlton Athletic and Coventry City.

The left-back’s only senior appearance for Chelsea so far came during a 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town in 2019.

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