The player's agent, Saffet Balkan, had said previously that his client was being chased by Benfica and the Blues.
But now he has revealed that his client has turned down an offer from Benfica as he wants to play first-team football. If Chelsea were to snap up the Belgian, he'd immediately be loaned out to partners Vitesse Arnhem.
Bakal said: "Benfica were interested and made an offer, but the player rejected because he would have been in the B team there.
"That didn't interest him."
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