Marco van Ginkel has revealed that Jose Mourinho encouraged him to make the loan move to AC Milan in the summer.
The Dutch attacking midfielder waited until the last minute to complete a move away from Stamford Bridge, and he has explained that he was prompted to join the Italian giants by the Chelsea manager.
Van Ginkel has joined Milan on a season-long loan deal and has said that Mourinho advised him to take the Italian club's offer up for his own development.
"Jose thought about my future and my need to play and suggested me to join Rossoneri: it’s a great team and a chance I couldn’t miss out on," Van Ginkel said.
The 21-year-old midfielder was unlikely to receive too many first-team chances at Chelsea due to the club's wealth of options in attacking areas.
Oscar remains one of Mourinho's favoured players in the current squad, while Cesc Fabregas also offers an option in the attacking midfield slot; Van Ginkel, as a result, was unlikely to play.
That is never good for a youngster's progression and a season abroad could be an excellent move for him.
At one stage during the summer, it was thought that the former Vitesse star could have tried to fight his way into the squad, but Mourinho's encouragement to move elsewhere seemed to be enough to convince him that it wasn't worth staying.
He will be hoping that he catches the eye from afar now so that when he returns he can make an impact at his parent club.
Mourinho has shown that he is not afraid to bring players back from loan and throw them into the side already this season with his use of Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian shot-stopper had spent the past three seasons at Atletico Madrid, but was brought back this summer and immediately replaced long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Van Ginkel will be hoping for a similar scenario when he returns to London in 2015, but he will need to shine to make sure it does happen.
Unfortunately for the Netherlands international, it could have all been so different if it wasn't for injury. He had seemingly broken through into the starting line-up at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, but a long-term injury has led to him slipping down the pecking order.
He can take faith in the fact that Mourinho has selected him before, though, and given his potential, there will be a number of Chelsea supporters keeping a keen interest in his development this campaign.