Chelsea have blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi’s proposed loan move to Borussia Dortmund.
The Bundesliga side have been keen to sign the Blues wonderkid, and were willing to promise him regular game time in his preferred left-wing position.
But the Athletic reports Chelsea feel that Hudson-Odoi’s versatility makes him too important an option to lose – despite his lack of first-team action.
Winger Hudson-Odoi started the Blues’ narrow Uefa Super Cup triumph over Villarreal earlier this month.
But he has not been handed any action at all in the Premier League this term – being named as an unused substitute in each of Chelsea’s three games so far.
Manager Thomas Tuchel believes that Hudson-Odoi provides good cover as a wing-back, wide man and No 10.