Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will hand Bertrand Traore a first team role next season, just days after revealing Mohamed Salah will leave the club.
Traore, 19, moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2014 but has spent the last season and a half on loan at Vitesse Arnhem , where he impressed with 18 goals in 38 appearances last season.
And after Mourinho decided to leave Salah out of the pre-season tour in the US saying he sees his future elsewhere, he revealed that Traore will not go on loan again, but stay at Stamford Bridge.
"He's 19, he's a kid. He was in Africa, then Vitesse, and now he's at Chelsea. He's not going on loan," Mourinho said, as quoted by the club's official website after handing him 45 minutes on the pitch during the 4-2 defeat against New York Red Bulls.
"We want to keep him and improve him. With the ball he has a lot of talent. Sometimes he does not make the best decisions, but this is absolutely normal. He's a good kid, a good talent, and I repeat he's not going on loan."
The manager also praised Victor Moses, but remained coy on his role considering that he already has Eden Hazard, Willian and Juan Cuadrado in his ranks.
"Victor is strong, he's experienced and he knows the Premier League well. He's fast and aggressive. Okay, he has to learn how to play with us but I'm happy with his week and his 45 minutes. Let's see what happens but Victor had an evolution in the last couple of years," Mourinho said after the Nigerian impressed during his loan at Stoke City last season.
The Portuguese boss had previously revealed that despite the rumours linking him Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez he was not looking for a new winger as has enough competition in his squad.
Nevertheless, the manager admitted the situation may change should any of his players leave the club during the summer transfer window, amid the speculations regarding Cuadrado's potential return to the Serie A.
"If I lose one maybe I am interested in another, but at this moment I have balance and quality and numbers," Mourinho said.