Chelsea defender Marc Guehi has explained that he would rather continue his development at Stamford Bridge than leave on loan.
The 19-year-old is one of bright upcoming talents in the youth side right now and he did make his senior debut also this season.
He played 90 minutes for Frank Lampard’s team in the Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town, while also being on the bench for a Premier League and Champions League fixture.
The ball-playing centre-back is a key player for the Under-23s team and also impressed for England’s Under-21s side during the international break.
Chelsea’s academy is getting a lot of focus right now, as a number of stars have made the jump up from the youth system to the first-team.
Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount have all made the senior step up this season to come important first-team players.
All three were out on loan in the Championship last season and that has helped their development massively.
Guehi was asked about the possibility of leaving on loan and didn’t rule it out, but did say he would prefer training with the senior group and learning in West London.
“The door is open for anything really, if the opportunity is there and it’s the right move for me to go on loan I wouldn’t say no,” Guehi told talkSPORT broadcaster Ian Abrahams.
“But at the same time if the gaffer wants me to stay and stay help the team and develop and try keep pushing others players in the squad I would do that as well.
“100 per cent staying [will help my development], I’m training with some of the best players in the world. I’ve got an amazing manager to look up to and feed off. Staying would be probably number one choice for me.”
There would surely be a long queue of suitors if he did become available on loan in January, but the decision will lie with senior boss Lampard.