Callum Hudson-Odoi was heavily linked with Chelsea departure this summer.
The 20-year old winger was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer but coach Thomas Tuchel refused to let him leave the West London club.
The Blues were not interested in loaning him out and Tuchel explained how the youngster showcased his abilities in pre-season.
Tuchel told reporters: “It wasn’t like we wanted to get him [Hudson-Odoi] out, and he stayed. We didn’t let him leave.
“We built the squad, and Callum was a piece of the puzzle. He thought it might be tough to get minutes, and it might be easier at another club. But you can never be sure.
“I told him straight, when he asked, that it was not possible. We rely on him, and we feel he can still make huge progress within this group and club.
“Was it always fair to play him as a right wing-back? No, maybe not. But he had to take it for the team and was always positive.
“He struggled to prove that during matches, but it was important he showed up and delivered with injuries, and this is what he did.
“To get a place in this team, it’s all about performance and this is what Callum shows at the moment. It’s important he shows consistency, stays hungry, and keeps on going.”