Chelsea teenager Romelu Lukaku will seek a loan move next season if his first-team opportunities do not improve.
The 18-year-old Belgium striker is rated as one of Europe's leading prospects, but has played just seven times under Andre Villas-Boas since last August arriving from Anderlecht.
Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge are all ahead of Lukaku in the Chelsea manager's plans and a temporary transfer elsewhere could allow him the chance to develop.
Lukaku cannot join another club in the current window, having already played for two clubs this season, but he will in the summer discuss his future with Villas-Boas.
"If my situation at Chelsea does not evolve between now and the end of the season, it may be better to be loaned out for a season," the 18-year-old is quoted as saying by the Belga news agency.
"A loan this season is not possible, as I have already played for two different clubs (but) if this situation endures, it might be better to play for another club for a year and then come back.
"But let's see what happens in the next six months. Many things could still change."