Chelsea will not allow teenage midfielder Josh McEachran to go out on loan, despite interest from Wigan Athletic.
Latics manager Roberto Martinez took Manchester United star Tom Cleverley to the DW Stadium on loan last season, and helped him develop sufficiently to warrant a place in the starting XI at Old Trafford in the current campaign.
According to talkSPORT, Martinez was hoping to bring McEachran to Wigan in a similar deal, but Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas has vetoed the move.
Despite watching the likes of Michael Mancienne, Jack Cork and Scott Sinclair move on from Stamford Bridge, McEachran is happy with Villas Boas’ decision.
“That was their decision to play at a high level somewhere else, but I want to play for Chelsea so I will keep going here,” said the England U21 international to the Sun.
“I have supported this club since I was a little boy and I do believe I have what is needed to succeed here.
“I’ve been patient all this time and I need to carry on that way.
“Chelsea has one of the oldest teams in the Premier League and the boss is clearly looking to the future.
“He has just signed Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Thibaut Courtois, three players of a similar age to me. So we all have to work hard in training and make sure we take our opportunities when they come.
“I want to get more game time with the senior team and the boss has said he’ll be playing a younger side in the Carling Cup, so that could be an opportunity for me.
“I really want it to happen for me at Chelsea. I’ve been here 10 years now and I don’t see myself anywhere else.
“I am aware of the expectations and I have to deal with that. I know it is going to take time but I am prepared to wait.
“If the manager says I’ll get games here this season, that’s very encouraging.”