The immediate future of promising Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake is uncertain after his agent revealed he is unsure whether the club require him in the first team squad next season.
The Holland U19 international made his debut at just 17 last season after quickly impressing the Chelsea coaching staff following his arrival from Feyenoord last year, making a further two appearances for the club later on in the campaign.
Managerial and personnel upheaval at the club have left his inclusion in the Chelsea squad for next season uncertain, but the midfielder's agent believes a role in the first team is well within his client's reach.
"While he is still a young player, Nathan has a lot of support within the club," Ake's agent Revien Kanhai told Dutch outlet NU Sport. "They are very pleased with him.
"When Chelsea return from Asia there will be a meeting with Mourinho to follow. It was a bit of a disappointment (that he was omitted from the tour) but that was due to him being very busy.
"Players like John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Nathian Chalobah, Marco Van Ginkel and Josh McEachran were preferred based on experience and age, but that does not mean that Nathan has missed the boat.
"Chelsea have clearly communicated that Mourinho will soon see him."
The Chelsea boss has already addressed the situation of a number of the young stars who are on the cusp of the first team with a number of loan moves on the horizon. Nathaniel Chalobah, Josh McEachran and Lucas Piazon will leave the club on temporary spells along with new arrival Wallace, who is still awaiting a work permit to play in England.
Ake has been linked with a loan move to back to his native Holland, but his agent has made it clear the 18-year-old wants to remain in England.
"The Vitesse link was just a myth," Kanhai continued, addressing reports of Ake's loan move to Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem. "He prefers an English club. Clubs like Fulham, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic have been informed."