Brazilian forward Lucas Piazon has told the German press that he is keen to remain with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Piazon, 21, signed for Chelsea from Sao Paulo in 2011 but has seen the pitch just three times for the club so far, having spent the past few two campaigns on loan at Malaga and Vitesse.
The Brazilian forward joined Frankfurt on another season-long stint in the summer and has since made 16 appearances, endearing himself to fans in the weekend’s clash against Schalke after coming off the bench to net a late winner.
Faced with the prospect of little first-team action back at Stamford Bridge, the promising attacker is now keen to extend his spell with the Bundesliga club past his scheduled return date.
"The Bundesliga was not good for me at first, being very physical and fast," Piazon told the German newspaper. "But I learned and improved myself. I feel good. I want to stay."
Frankfurt themselves appear just as seen to keep Piazon for the long-term, with sporting director Bruno Hubner revealing earlier this season that talks are planned with Chelsea.
"We will hold talks in any case," Hubner told Bild back in October. "I can imagine perhaps that Chelsea loan him to us again.
"That is what we are concerned with because he has shown what he can do. I also believe the Bundesliga is the right platform for him because he can still acquire the physical nature he is missing, adding to his playing skills.
"If Lucas can learn to succeed here, then he can make the next big step."
Given the struggles he faces breaking into Jose Mourinho’s squad moving forward, it makes clear sense for Chelsea to cash in on Piazon’s signature, but it's nevertheless disappointing to see him edge towards a departure without fulfilling the expectations he promised upon arriving in west London.