Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake has revealed that Blues boss Jose Mourinho 'really wanted' to keep him at Stamford Bridge this season, reports The Daily Star.
The 19-year-old, who made his debut for the club last season, opted against going out on loan despite seeing as many as 26 players leave the club on a temporary basis throughout the summer.
Ake has insisted that Mourinho's pleased with his development, and believes he has time to make an impression at the Stamford Bridge outfit.
"He has said that he really wanted to keep me," Ake told De Telegraaf.
"Not many boys of 19 have been playing in the base at a club, though a lot of people seem to expect that sometimes.
"I know I still have time, Mourinho is pleased with me in the first team so far.
The centre-half went on to reveal that his boss gets frustrated when players don't give 100% - even in training.
"I like the way he says something and makes things clear in training.
"For example, if you withdraw your foot [in a tackle], then he gets angry.
"He loves people who give everything every moment."
It certainly won't be easy for Ake to break into the Chelsea team, however, with a number of stars fighting it out for the centre-back positions at Stamford Bridge. As well as Ake, Blues boss Mourinho also has the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma at his disposal.
The 'Special One' can also use the experienced Branislav Ivanovic at the heart of his defence, so Ake will have to prove his credentials in order to become a fixed member of the side.
However, with Mourinho deciding against sending Ake on loan, it appears that he will be handed opportunities with the club fighting it out on four fronts this season.
Chelsea fans will be pleased with their club's start to the Premier League campaign, having secured three wins out of three so far. Mourinho's side have seen off the likes of Burnley, Leicester City and Everton so far, scoring 11 goals in the process.
And, after the international break, Chelsea will be hoping to secure another victory as they play host to Welsh outfit Swansea City. Mourinho's side then begin their Champions League challenge as they take on German outfit Schalke on September 17.
Ake, meanwhile, will be hoping to play some part for the club over the coming weeks and months of the season, as the Blues look to secure silverware this term.