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Jeremie Boga Has No Chelsea Regrets, Opens Door to Blues Return

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2019

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 08: Jeremie Boga of US Sassuolo celebrates the victory after the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Bologna FC at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on November 8, 2019 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Sassuolo starlet Jeremie Boga has opened the door to a return to former club Chelsea, saying he has no regrets about how things played out for him at Stamford Bridge.

While discussing his departure, the Ivorian told Foot Mercato (h/t Get French Football News) a return to west London could be on the cards:

"It is true that it is a shame. Aside from that, I have no regrets. Each thing comes in its own time. It was certainly not the time for me to play for Chelsea. I always keep that in the corner of my head. If I continue to do what I am doing, work hard, maybe I will be back one day."

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 01: Jeremie Boga of Sassuolo (c) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)
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Boga, 22, moved to Chelsea in 2009 and was regarded among the academy's top prospects when he first made a loan move in 2015, to French club Rennes. He was one of many Chelsea talents who got lost in the loan system and eventually signed for Sassuolo in 2018 after stints with Granada and Birmingham City.

However, the deal contained a buy-back clause, and said clause could prove a masterstroke, as the winger is starting to live up to the hype he carried as an academy prospect. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe noted his impressive performances:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

It’s taken a little longer than I expected, bit things are starting to fall into place for Jérémie Boga ⭐️ https://t.co/GKZJUve2Mp

He has already scored four goals for Sassuolo in Serie A this season, with the latest coming in the 2-2 draw away to eight-time defending champions Juventus:

Boga was arguably the best man on the pitch in that match, showing he can stand his ground against top competition. He also flashed his versatility, impressing as a winger and in a central role.

Chelsea blogger Simon Phillips commented on the buy-back clause and the possibility of a return to Stamford Bridge for Boga:

Simon Phillips @SiPhillipsSport

Jérémie Boga doing bits again. Chelsea inserted a buyback clause in his £3.5 million sale to Sassuolo. He’s really developed, has that rare turn of pace from walking to sprinting that Mr Eden Hazard possesses... 👀 https://t.co/XyoMo6Uvsl

Under manager Frank Lampard, the Blues have committed to a youth movement. Former academy starlets Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori have been among the standouts this season.

Boga would fit the team's philosophy and could be available for a bargain fee, though Chelsea may have to wait until the summer to sign him, with their transfer ban currently extending through the January transfer window pending appeal.