Chelsea teenager Nathan Ake has claimed manager Jose Mourinho has urged him to stay at Stamford Bridge even though the versatile defender has barely had chance to prove his worth at the first team during the first part of the campaign.
The 19-year-old versatile defender joined the Blues academy in 2011 from Feyenoord and, after making his first team debut back in 2012, he was promoted to the first-team squad on a permanent basis by the Portuguese boss in January 2014.
However, Ake has so far failed to established himself in the first team.
After making only one Premier League appearance during the whole of the last season, the young defender is yet to play a domestic league game this campaign - while his only three appearances with the first team came in the Capital One Cup and the Champions League game against Maribor.
However, Ake has revealed that Mourinho is likely to ask him to stay, and has promised him more first-team chances in the coming months should he keep working hard in the training sessions.
"I had a conversation with Mourinho recently. He said he was satisfied. I have to continue like this and then there will be more chances," the 19-year-old said, according to Standard Sport.
"It's clearly been indicated that I won't be sent on loan and I am happy about how it's going.
Meanwhile, Ake himself is also keen on staying at Stamford Bridge, as he prefers to keep learning under Mourinho being part of the first-team squad rather than moving on loan somewhere else.
"I've already played a few games and I feel I'm getting closer. If I go out on loan, I'll be further away [from making the first team]."