You may be seeing reports this morning linking 18-year-old Jeremie Boga with a move to Olympique Marseille. Most are vague on whether that'd be a loan or permanent move, but that's because they're going off of secondary sources like Le 10 Sport. In his actual interview with Foot Mercato, Boga makes it quite clear — well, as clear as things can be through Google Translate — that it's a loan he's looking for.
"I must begin to gain experience at the top level and I hope [that will be at] Chelsea next year, [but] if not, why not go toughen me loan."
"My first choice would be to stay in England. [But] if there are good options in L1 that match my profile, why not."
"A loan at OM? This is my heart club so if I am asked why not! Yes, even in London, I watch all the matches of OM! They started the season very well and now they are in a difficult period. But all is not lost, I hope they will finish the season well."
Boga is from Marseille so it's hardly surprising that he would be happy to go on loan back to his hometown. But, considering that his whole family moved to London when he signed with Chelsea, his first choice is to remain in England (and remain with Chelsea, even!), and he also hopes to make his professional debut in the final three games of this season.
"I'm not frustrated. But it's clear that I'm looking forward to my first official match with the pros, but if I am aware that I am in a big club so I wait and wait my turn. Now we are champions, I hope to make an appearance in a game by the end of the season."
Dear Jose Mourinho, please make it so.
"I am very happy having won the [UEFA] Youth League. When lifting the cup, I thought of our journey and the pride of being European champion."
"I think [Mourinho] watched the game on TV, but he told me about the match and congratulated personally."
Jeremie Boga has immense potential. His development will have to be managed very carefully. Here's hoping we make all the right choices.