Chelsea centre-half Andreas Christensen will remain on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach for another season, according to the German club's sporting director Max Eberl.
Christensen, 19, was one of many Blues youngsters to leave the club on loan last summer, joining Gladbach on a two-year loan deal. The Danish centre-half has thrived having been handed a first-team role, emerging as one of the Bundesliga's best young talents this term.
His rise has fuelled speculation suggesting Chelsea will seek to recall the player this summer, with captain John Terry expected to leave when his contract expires in July and Kurt Zouma sidelined with knee ligament injury.
Barcelona meanwhile have also emerged as an interested party, with Mundo Deportivo claiming scouts from the Catalan giants have been hugely impressed with the youngster.
But with Chelsea seemingly having no option to recall the player early, Gladbach are satisfied Christensen will remain their player for the 2016-17 season.
"Sure, he has developed great and a lot of clubs are interested in him, but he will definitely play for Gladbach next season," the club's sporting director Eberl said, Goal.com report.
Christensen signed for Chelsea from Brondby as a 15-year-old in 2012. While the Premier League giants are reportedly keen to bring him back to Stamford Bridge ahead of schedule, the Guardian meanwhile have claimed the player himself is keen to stay on at the German club next season.
Newly appointed manager Antonio Conte will take over at Chelsea following his Euro 2016 campaign with Italy and will reportedly make the signing of a new centre-half a priority during the summer transfer window.
Already, the 54-year-old coach has been linked with a move for his former Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, with the Daily Telegraph claiming the Italy international could be brought in to help fill the void left by Terry should he leave the club at the end of the current season.