According to the London Evening Standard, Chelsea have rejected offers from clubs, including Derby and Middlesbrough, to take Nathan Ake on loan for the upcoming season.
The report states: ''Chelsea have rejected offers from clubs including Derby and Middlesbrough to take Nathan Ake on loan. The Holland Under-21 international has already made seven appearances for the first team and has impressed Jose Mourinho during the close season.''
The 19-year-old, signed from Feynoord in 2011, was thought to be available for a loan deal now he had earned the merit of being classed as a homegrown player in the Chelsea team.
Nevertheless, the impact the versatile starlet has made in the past year has clearly caught the attention of Jose Mourinho, who has previously hinted that he could have a role to play at Stamford Bridge next season.
''We are so happy with the squad we have,'' Mourinho said.
''We feel that the correct squad is exactly this type of squad we have, with people like Didier [Drogba] and John Terry, but at the same time people like [Andreas] Christensen and [Nathan] Ake.''
Ake, who can play anywhere across the back four and in defensive midfield, has been tipped with a bright future at the club and to be around the first team at such a young age indicates just how highly Jose Mourinho rates him as a player.
A loan deal for the Dutch youth international would have been able to offer him a competitive first team experience. However, if he does manage to breakthrough this season and have an impact on the first team then Mourinho will have made the correct call.
The example of Raheem Sterling, who was touted to join Swansea on loan just a month before his breakthrough, does show that holding back on such a deal can go on to pay-off in the short-term, just as much as the long-term.
At the very least, it gives Ake another year in a relatively pressure free environment where he can progress at his own pace, which if he did head out on loan he may not have got.