Chelsea have often found themselves criticised in recent times for not giving enough opportunities to their young talents - despite a massive academy of talented players from around the globe. Instead they tend to send their more promising players out on loan, with no fewer than 25 players currently loaned out by the club.
But one youngster they have continually denied to let out on loan is Dutch talent Nathan Ake. The 19-year-old, who is equally adept in midfield and defence, joined the club from Feyenoord back in 2011 and has since gone on to knock at the door of the first-team ever since. This summer he was even handed the number '6' shirt.
But despite this he has only made seven appearances for Chelsea over the last two seasons - so a loan deal seems plausible when the window for Championship clubs opens again on Tuesday.
But Ake will not be going anywhere. He has been speaking to the Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, and confirmed to them that Mourinho has informed him he will not be loaned out by the club:
"He has said that he really wanted to keep [me]. Not many boys of nineteen have been playing in the base at a club, though a lot of people seem to expect that sometimes., I know I still have time and Mourinho is pleased with me in the team so far. The way he says something and makes things clear in training. Example, if you withdraw your foot, then he gets angry. He loves people who give everything every moment..."
Not only was he universal in his praise for his gaffer, but his captain as well. Of Johm Terry he stated:
"In a practice match against Real Sociedad during the preparation Terry was in the game only by talking to me and he tried to help me. Positional He really helps the younger guys with everything and talks to you about where you need to work on."
With both Terry and Mourinho on his side who knows what the future holds for Ake. One thing for sure is that he does not look like embarking on a long-term loan spell anytime soon. Now he faces a fight for first-team action with The Blues.