Chelsea had ‘sporting doubts’ about the signing of Antonio Nusa from Club Brugge in January so pulled away from any potential deal, despite being keen in the summer.

That’s according to Het Laatste Nieuws, who cover the player today and his efforts to prove his doubters wrong and secure a big move in the coming months.

The newspaper explains that following weeks of negotiations between London, Brussels and Oslo, Nusa returned home to Brugge on Saturday evening.

He’s now focused on getting back to his best and putting the January transfer window, where Tottenham and then Brentford both thought about moves but ultimately didn’t make them a reality, behind him.

The youngster was believed to have been upset by the termination of Brentford’s interest in him and struggling with that but has now moved on from the whole saga.

His focus is on getting fully fit, avoiding any potential injuries and getting back to his best form, which has been up and down this season anyway.

He also wants to prove the doubters wrong and ensure that once the summer rolls around there are no ‘sporting doubts’ around him anymore. It was those doubts that put off Chelsea from making a move during the January window.

They had been close to a deal for the youngster in the summer before he ultimately turned down the move and it seems they’d been keeping a close eye on the player since but ultimately decided not to get involved in an €30m+ tussle last month.

It’s now up to Nusa to prove Chelsea, and indeed his other fans, that he’s worth the money with his performances between now and the end of the season.