Andreas Christensen’s father has confessed that the promising defender is weighing up his options ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Chelsea have a host of promising young players coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, with plenty out on loan and returning to the club in the summer.
Young Danish defender Andreas Christensen is adjudged as one with real future potential, but the 18-year-old has had limited opportunities to show the west London faithful just what he is capable of.
With the player’s progression in mind, the Scandinavian’s father has admitted a move elsewhere could be an option in the summer.
“We are forced to think about Andreas' future and progress," Sten Christensen told BT.
"From our point of view, something needs to happen after the summer.
"Whether it is in the first-team squad or something different, we have to consider. He should not spend one or two years where he stagnates. Andreas will not go on loan.
"He has been at Chelsea for two years, but needs to be there for three consecutive years to be what they call 'home-grown'. Chelsea will not let him go.
"I have talked to his coach Dermot Drummy, who said that Andreas is ready for the next step.
"He would like to keep Andreas, but as he said, for Andreas to progress, he needs to take a step forward.
"Therefore, I need to have a meeting with Chelsea. In case they don't want to offload him, then they have got to do something to give him a challenge all the time.
"It's a matter of his future progress as a footballer."
With John Terry, Gary Cahill and David Luiz at Jose Mourinho’s disposal and the arrival of Kurt Zouma in the summer, the Dane’s opportunities do not look set to improve.
Other young promising defenders such as Tomas Kalas and Nathan Ake are in the same position.
Should Christensen leave Chelsea or stay and vie for a place?