One of the many Chelsea loanees currently finishing their season long spells with other clubs, Victorien Angban could be among the few who end up leaving Stamford Bridge for good come July.

Sent to Metz in Ligue 2 to get some first-team football under his belt, the Ivorian midfielder ended up featuring in over 2000 minutes, helping in the club’s efforts to return to Ligue 1, as the northeastern side lifted France’s second division trophy with a seven point lead over Brest.

The 22-year-old sat down with Goal France, where he was asked about his future at Chelsea, who ‘followed him regularly’ and ‘called him often’ throughout the loan to monitor his development across the Channel.

He said: “I’m still waiting to see if Metz will trigger the clause to keep me. The board are still in talks with Chelsea to see if I can stay. Personally, I feel good here. I hope everything goes well. If both parties reach an agreement, I’d like to stay. I want to discover Ligue 1 with Metz.”

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Explaining those in charge at Metz ‘absolutely’ want to keep him after his season, it’s understandable for the Ivory Coast international to want to stay somewhere he feels valued and will get to play rather than return to Stamford Bridge, where he could face yet another loan.

Angban made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 2 side, scoring one goal and picking up two assists along the way.