A slice of Chelsea supporters on social media predicted Tino Livramento would return to the club after he teased a potential reunion in the future.
Speaking to the Mirror, the Southampton defender hinted at the possibility of a Stamford Bridge homecoming somewhere down the line.
“Maybe one day, but I’m just enjoying my football at the moment at Southampton, that’s where my head’s at right now,” said the teenager.
A pretty textbook answer that ensures he remains blessed by followers of the Saints, but also adhering to his blue roots.
“I’ll never have a bad word to say about how Chelsea treated me growing up and developing me into the player I am today,” continued Livramento.
Not usually ones to get ahead of themselves, Blues fans felt their former academy star had given enough evidence to suggest he plans to come back eventually.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
He’s definitely coming back…— 🇨🇦⭐⭐ (@AnightinPorto) October 5, 2021
expecting you back soon Liv— TC (@TotalChalobah) October 5, 2021
This young man made chilly, sweat. He is good and we will get him back.— Mohamed Ibrahim Mahadi (@MoBabbGee) October 6, 2021
I want him to have a good 2-3 years playing first team at Southampton and then we nab him back perfectly by the time azpi is at his limits— Shaan Mahmood (@mxshroor) October 6, 2021
But one day— Cfc_Champ🏆⭐⭐#Hustle #Believe @Chelseafc (@ChampCfc) October 5, 2021
Livrament-go or Livrament-stay?
Of course, there is every likelihood Chelsea will re-sign Livramento in due course.
They added a buy-back clause to his contract when he joined Southampton over the summer.
The Blues can re-recruit the full-back for £38m (Athletic), but not until at least 2023.
This should give the 18-year-old another solid few seasons in first-team football, hopefully in the Premier League.
Southampton’s stodgy start to the campaign has not left a lot to be desired.
Livramento’s performances certainly have, however.
In two years, Chelsea might not be the only side hunting for his services.
Expect a tug of war between the Blues and whoever stands in the path of their Cobham graduate.
Especially if Thomas Tuchel is still at the helm.
“There was a big chance to make it all the way,” said Tuchel about Livramento’s decision to leave for the south coast.