Romelu Lukaku insists he does not regret joining Chelsea but has stressed his desire to gain more experience out on loan.
Lukaku, who turns 19 this month, had been a sensation in his native Belgium, sparking an £18million move from Anderlecht in the summer.
But after making rapid progress in his homeland, Lukaku has been forced to play a waiting game this season - making just six substitute appearances in the Premier League.
Since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo has not used the teenager at all, opting to play senior players instead, and Lukaku accepts it has been a difficult time.
"I need to play more games," he told Belgian newspaper De Standaard.
"It has not been as I imagined at Chelsea. Both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo have stuck with experienced players.
"I haven't always agreed with their decisions but, as a player, you have to accept the decisions of the coach.
"I don't have any regrets about joining Chelsea. I've learned a lot.
"Let's wait and see who is appointed Chelsea manager but, as it stands, I'll be going out on loan.
"Playing games is the most important thing for my career right now and for that reason it's better to look at other places."
The Belgium international has been linked with a move to Werder Bremen as part of the deal that is bringing Marko Marin to Chelsea, but could also stay in the Premier League with Stoke believed to have an interest in the player.
He added: "I leave all options open. I know that I am capable of playing for a top club in Europe, but perhaps it is better that I take one step backwards now so I can then take two forwards.
"My aim is to gain experience and then return to Chelsea. I need to put myself back in the picture so I can play with the Red Devils (Belgium national team)."