Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga’s woes at FC Nantes this season have been well documented, and they unfortunately look to be reaching their expected and obvious conclusion.
After two successful seasons at Vitesse, the USMNT centre back upgraded to Ligue 1 last summer. And it was all going well for him for the first few months, until a change in management, combined with one atrocious individual performance from him, dropped his stock in the team to nearly zero and he found himself “banished” to the reserves even.
After being frozen out of the first team for almost three months, Miazga finally got a game earlier this month, starting the 4-1 win over second division Châteauroux in the French Cup. However, he went an unused sub the next three games — an improvement from his past predicament, but still far from an ideal situation.
It was then that Miazga apparently decided to take matters into his own hands. According to Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodžić, the defender faked a back injury to miss the club’s most recent match against Angers ... and then packed his bags and went back to Chelsea.
“The blackmail I was talking about yesterday was about Matt Miazga. He assured me that he had a sore back. After exams, however, there was no problem... He just wanted to leave the club.”
“This morning Miazga was in England, in Chelsea. He didn’t warn anyone. These things bother me. But it has to be done with, even if it disappointed me a lot.”
-Vahid Halilhodžić; source: Goal
The account from Halilhodžić, who clearly was not a big fan of Miazga, certainly does not paint a good picture of the loanee’s actions, but perhaps we’ll hear his side of the story soon as well.