Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists Josh McEachran has a future at Stamford Bridge, but has hinted a loan move could be beneficial.
The 18-year-old has long been tipped as a star of the future, however, he has seen his opportunities limited with the Premier League giants.
This season was expected to mark a breakthrough campaign for McEachran, but he is arguably further down the pecking order than ever.
The summer arrivals of the likes of Raul Meireles and Juan Mata have led to suggestions the teenager, who has previously admitted asking for a move, could leave Chelsea on loan.
And admitting McEachran might benefit from a temporary switch, Villas-Boas said: "We didn't have as many competing in midfield last year, so Josh had more chances to be in the team.
"I've just been choosing others. But that doesn't mean Josh's future wouldn't be at Chelsea. It will be."
One player whose long-term future is not in question is Petr Cech, with Villas-Boas insisting fellow goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was "misled" into making incorrect comments about his fitness.
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