LUCAS PIAZON has finally left Chelsea, eight years after his last appearance for the Blues.
Following three first-team outings, seven loan spells and a broken leg, Piazon will finally have his Blues contract terminated, ahead of a permanent move to Rio Ave.
Piazon initially joined Rio Ave on loan in 2019Credit: Twitter @RioAve_FC
The 26-year-old finally seems to have found a solid home in PortugalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Brazilian, now 26, arrived in West London as a fresh faced teenager from Sao Paolo in 2011.
He swiftly impressed within Cobham’s fabled youth set-up, breaking into Chelsea’s first-team set up less than a year later, under Andre Villas-Boas.
After two appearances on the Blues’ bench during that first season, he made his debut in September 2012 aged 18, starting a 6-0 League Cup romp over Wolves and even assisting a goal for Ryan Bertrand.
An appearance in the next round against Manchester United followed, as did a Premier League debut that December against Aston Villa, with things looking promising for the attacking midfielder.
But after signing for Malaga on loan in January 2013, Piazon would never feature for Chelsea again.
After 14 goalless appearances for the LaLiga side, Piazon was soon walking the well-trodden path from Chelsea to Vitesse.
He bagged 11 goals and eight assists in 31 appearances for Eredivisie side, but that wasn’t enough to get him back in the Blues’ plans.
A year in German football followed with Eintracht Frankfurt before he found himself playing in West London again… for Fulham – via a season at Reading.
Lucas Piazon made three appearances for Chelsea in 2012Credit: PA:Empics Sport
The Brazilian helped Fulham to promotion in 2018Credit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
Piazon made occasional returns to Cobham for pre-seasonCredit: Getty – Contributor
In two seasons on loan at Craven Cottage, Piazon performed well, helping Slavisa Jokanovic’s side to promotion to the Premier League.
In the first half of the 2018-19 season Piazon returned to Chelsea, and remarkably was included on Maurizio Sarri’s bench for the League Cup semi-final second leg triumph against Tottenham Hotspur – before being loaned to Chievo just a week later.
He appears to have finally found himself a home at Rio Ave, however, having spent the last 18 months on loan at the Liga NOS strugglers.
Perhaps, now that he has finally fled the Chelsea stable for good, Piazon can deliver on some of his early-career promise.
Piazon featured Down Under for Maurizio Sarri against Perth GloryCredit: Getty Images – Getty