Tammy Abraham’s future is up for grabs with three or more possible solutions available for the English striker.
The Chelsea forward was sent out on loan on deadline day to Aston Villa where he has scored 12 goals in 16 games.
Asked about the speculation and how keen they are to keep him, Villa coach Smith said: “I’ve no idea about the contract situation if I am honest. All we can do is work with him, we have a good relationship with Chelsea. Eddie Newton [Chelsea’s loan technical coach] was up here over a month ago, looking and checking at his development.
“He’s been developing with us all the time. He is enjoying his football and I think that is a big thing in the development of the young lad’s future. He wants to go and keep scoring goals for us and that’s what we are in control of at the moment.”
However, Chelsea do have the option to call him back in January and with their current options upfront, Sarri might just think about recalling Abraham. There is also the third solution of Abraham making another loan switch to a Premier League opponent in Crystal Palace, which would suit the parent club and the player more as he would get a higher experience of football at top level.