Marc Guehi has played one first-team game for Chelsea so far, but he insists staying would help his development more than a loan spell.
Guehi, who started for the Blues in their 7-1 demolition of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup, told talkSPORT’s Ian ‘Moose’ Abrahams (on Instagram via the Chelsea Chronicle) that a loan spell wouldn’t be as beneficial as staying with the club.
The central defender is one of Chelsea’s top future prospects at the back, and given the nature of their loan policy, it would usually be a foregone conclusion that Guehi would go out and temporarily ply his trade elsewhere sooner rather than later.
However, following his latest outing for the England U21s, Guehi insisted that he would rather stay with Chelsea for the time being.
The 19-year-old spoke with talkSPORT’s Abrahams in a post-match interview about the situation, stating: “The door is open for anything really, if the opportunity is there and it’s the right move for me to go on loan I wouldn’t say no.
“But at the same time, if the gaffer wants me to stay and help the team and develop and try keep pushing other players in the squad, I would do that as well.
“100 per cent, staying [will help my development], I’m training with some of the best players in the world. I’ve got an amazing manager to look up to and feed off. Staying would be probably number one choice for me.”
It was previously reported that Guehi would definitely be sent out on loan, along with eight other Chelsea youngsters.
However, given these most recent quotes, it appears the centre-back wouldn’t object to staying.
If Guehi were to follow in the footsteps of Reece James, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham before him given their success this term – it’s hard to think it wouldn’t benefit the youngster, but the academy graduate is pretty adamant over staying and does make some good points.
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