Ian Maatsen: ‘Everyone knows my quality. I have the chance to show it’

The Dortmund left-back on leaving Chelsea, feeling free in Germany and his determination to succeed at the top level

Ian Maatsen feels free. A bit-part player at Chelsea during the first half of the season, the left-back has found a new lease of life since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January. “The coach, the board, gave me a lot of confidence because they really wanted me,” Maatsen says. “They put trust in me and I put trust in them. I think that’s why it went so well.

“I had trust at Chelsea but with the pressure they are under it is sometimes difficult for a manager to let everyone play – especially young talents with potential. He has to make decisions for the team. You have to deal with it as a young player. Sometimes it’s not fair but maybe it’s the best decision for the club and other teammates. I appreciate that. But I want to play football.”

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