Remember Jeffrey Bruma? He's one of Chelsea's most exciting prospects, and he's spent most of this year looking to transfer this potential into reality by playing 22 games in Germany for Hamburg, having moved there on loan last summer after former Chelsea employees Frank Armesen and Lee Congerten sought his services as a strong and technical central defender.
While there's no word from Chelsea as of yet on Bruma's situation as they look forward to next season, respected Twitterer Dan_Bu has announced the Dutchman would be hanging around for another year in Germany.
Chelsea's Jeffrey Bruma will stay at HSV for another season until 2013. #CFC #HSV— dan_bu (@dan_bu) May 24, 2012
What does this mean? Firstly, for Bruma, it means he's able to continue developing in the best way possible, by playing games, and the Bundesliga is an excellent place to be doing exactly that. HSV didn't have the best year, only escaping relegation in the final weeks of the season, but by confirming their status in the top flight they give Bruma the chance to continuing plying his trade against some challenging attackers, including two of the most potent attacks in the world, Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
For the club, it doesn't change much, but that's a situation reliant on the result of John Terry's impending court case. Should our captain be found guilty, a ban is likely. Therefore that's an area in the club's depth chart they'll need to consider, and Bruma was a relatively cheap and easy solution in that sense. Furthermore, Bruma did actually play right back towards the tail end of the season, meaning he would have been a versatile option in a position currently lacking following the impending departure of Jose Bosingwa. Nevertheless, the most important person here is Bruma himself, and he needs all the game time he can get, so extending his loan is almost certainly the right way to go.
On a final note, having made his national debut under van Majwik earlier this season, Bruma was potentially a candidate to make the final squad for the Euros, but he's been left off the list for the tournament and thus will probably spend the summer training with HSV.