Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran is desperate to prolong his Stamford Bridge career and is to avoid becoming another Blues cast-off.
The young midfielder broke into the Chelsea team in 2010 aged 17, but he's made just 10 Premier League appearances since that league debut against Manchester City.
Loan spells at Swansea, Middlesbrough, Watford and Wigan Athletic have followed, and now 21, McEachran should be back and knocking on the door of Jose Mourinho's first-team.
But the difficulty a Chelsea academy prospect has of cracking even the match-day squad is evident in McEachran's struggles. Mourinho can just buy new players, like he did when he drafted in Nemanja Matic in the January transfer window.
McEachran has Matic, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel and Ramires for competition, while Oriol Romeu is on loan and the next generation of academy prospects - including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker - are coming through and will be rivals soon.
But McEachran told Get West London that he wants to stay at Chelsea and fight for a first-team place regardless.
"Chelsea is a top club, so I'm not just going to walk into a team full of world-class players," McEachran said. "I need to be patient, keep playing games and hopefully one day get my chance."
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