Nathan Ake has revealed that he made a conscious decision to remain at Chelsea this season, despite being offered to chance to go out on loan.
TalkSPORT.com reports that the highly-regarded youngster preferred to stay in England and earn a 'home-grown' status at the club, as opposed to showcasing what he can do whilst on loan at another club.
It is believed that Ake turned down the chance to join his fellow Chelsea team-mates on loan-deals to the likes of Vitesse Arnhem and PSV, the latter of whom showed genuine interest in acquiring his services for the season.
The 18-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, stated that he himself chose to remain at Stamford Bridge, despite the club telling him he was free to go out on loan in order to get first-team football.
Ake, who made a total of six appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last term, said: "It was discussed, but if I have a full year at Chelsea it will be my third season in London.
"Then I will count officially as a player from the club’s youth academy. Every club in England must have a minimum number of self-developed players. It was a conscious choice."