Nathan Ake has revealed that he is set to remain at Chelsea this season after impressing Jose Mourinho.
The Dutch defender was tipped to join a host of other Blues starlets out on loan with Vitesse Arnhem a likely destination. Chelsea currently have three players on loan with the Eredivisie outfit and 26 in total across a host of other clubs.
However, Ake has done enough to convince Mourinho to keep him in and around the first team. According to the 19-year-old, he will be staying in west London and continue to get run outs in the Capital One Cup.
"It's clearly been indicated that I won't be sent on loan and I am happy about how it's going."
"I had a conversation with Mourinho recently," Ake told NUSport.
"He said he was satisfied. I have to continue like this and then there will be more chances.
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"It's clearly been indicated that I won't be sent on loan and I am happy about how it's going.
"I've already played a few games and I feel I'm getting closer. If I go out on loan, I'll be further away [from making the first team]."
Ake has so far started both of Chelsea's Capital One Cup games and was granted an appearance off the bench in the Champions League tie against Maribor. With John Terry approaching the end of his career, it seems a place in Chelsea's squad will open up in the near future.
With Kurt Zouma also vying to be the captain's replacement, Ake will have to continue his development if he is to stay at Stamford Bridge. But with Mourinho keen to loan out any player quickly it seems the Special One ranks Ake highly.
Ake made his debut against Norwich City in 2012 but followed that up with just 12 minutes of Premier League football last season. However, it seems as though the Dutch teenager is more than happy to wait for his chance to shine.