In the past few seasons, Chelsea board have been heavily criticised for the way they treat the loanees, as the club kept players under contract and never gave them a chance in the team.

Things have changed recently, especially under manager Frank Lampard, yet there’s still Chelsea players dotted around the world who have little chance of actually playing for the London outfit.

One of these footballers is Nathan, who has been having a spell at Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro since the summer of 2018.

Back in January this year, his loan deal expired, and there was a little saga around the teams agreeing on an extension for six more months.

Now the last contract is coming to an end next week, and although there continue to be several reports about the discussions, no agreement has been found so far.

Atletico chairman Sergio Sette Camara spoke to Record TV and stated that club director Rui Costa has been in negotiations with the Blues.

“Rui is trying to make a renewal that is good for Atletico. I like the athlete, I think he performed well,” Sergio said (via a Portuguese TV program Gazeta Esportiva).

“If he went abroad, he was well evaluated. English clubs do not sign without having a very deep analysis. It didn’t happen there, it doesn’t mean that he didn’t do well here.”

In other news, Chelsea have been drawn against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the 2019-20 FA Cup, while the struggling London side Arsenal will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.