Malang Sarr joined Chelsea in the summer of 2020 but has made just one appearance for the Blues’ first team and may not be able to revive his career at Stamford Bridge.
Malang Sarr waited patiently for the right call to arrive. He was without a club having left Nice and was training at home alone in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic’s first wave. Yet still, he remained calm.
Eventually, news came from Sarr’s agent, Federico Patorello, who also represents Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea wanted to bring the centre-back to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
“I had been almost six months without playing, and when my agent told me about this opportunity to come here to Chelsea, I was surprised and happy,” He said in an interview in the summer.
It was a great opportunity for me. He talked to me about going on loan for the first year and for me it was a good idea.
“I hadn’t played for a long time and I needed to get the rhythm and to play and have a good experience also, step up after Nice, and come back stronger and ready to go.”
Sarr’s signing was the least high profile of Chelsea’s 2020 summer window. No surprise really given Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, and Edouard Mendy were also recruited.
But securing the services of a former France Under-21 once courted by Barcelona and Arsenal for nothing appeared shrewd business by the Blues.
The 22-year-old knew he wouldn’t be drafted into the first-team squad, not at first. A loan spell with Porto was organised by Chelsea and the defender spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan in Portugal. The move didn’t quite work out as planned.
Sarr made only 14 starts for Porto, most of which came during the first half of the season, and ended his time in Portugal filling in at centre-back for the club’s B side in the second tier.