Malo Gusto talked about his decision to go to Chelsea in light of the competition, his emotions after leaving Lyon, the fans’ response and more.

Malo Gusto Explains Decision To Join Chelsea
Malo Gusto

In January 2023, Chelsea signed the France U21 international for a total of €40 million.

He did, however, spend the final six months of the previous season on loan at Lyon.


Even though he played 61 times for OL, many were shocked that he decided to join Chelsea given the competition from Reece James and his relative inexperience.

With James now injured, Gusto has had the spot of right back on lockdown.

He also talked about the reaction of the Lyon fans after his departure.


When asked about his decision to go into direct competition with James he said, “I’m not stupid or crazy.

“I knew before coming that Reece James is one of the best players in his position. We get on very well.

“He talks to me a lot. We are in a big club, there must be good players in each position.

“The reason I chose Chelsea is because I have a plan. I know what I’m doing.”


When asked about the reaction of Lyon fans to academy graduates leaving the club, the Chelsea defender said, “Unfair, I don’t know.

“All I want to say is that it hurts. We are young people, we grew up in Lyon, and we have always loved the club despite what people may believe.

“When I, Castello, and Bradley leave, it responds to a plan, an ambition. It’s nothing against OL at all.”

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Gusto hasn’t been out of sorts in the Premier League, and the Blues have appreciated this.

Chelsea’s season hasn’t exactly started the way they had hoped.

They have four points after four games, but prior to the international break, they lost at West Ham and at home to Nottingham Forest. The usual problems are still a concern.

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