Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has admitted that he is actively seeking a loan deal for Ethan Ampadu.
The 18-year-old has made 12 appearances for the Blues' first team, having previously featured with Exeter City in League Two.
But Lampard feels that a temporary spell away from Stamford Bridge would benefit both the player and Chelsea.
Ampadu has not joined the first team in travelling to Yokohama, despite having played 45 minutes of the recent friendly draw with Bohemians.
"We are looking at the possibility of Ethan going on loan for the season.
"I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I'm a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him. That's not done yet, but we haven't brought him here while that's up in the air.
"I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That's a slight disappointment, but it's to benefit of him. In midfield and defence, we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case," Lampard told reporters.