Callum Hudson-Odoi will remain at Chelsea beyond this month and 'very probably' past the summer transfer window too, according to Maurizio Sarri.
The boss spoke to the media at Cobham this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's game at Bournemouth, and answered questions on Hudson-Odoi's future following reports the 18-year-old handed in a transfer request at the weekend.
Sarri stressed the club's resolve to keep the talented winger at Stamford Bridge.
'The club told me in this window he will remain with us for sure, and very probably also in the next,' said Sarri. 'I am very happy with this.
'I don’t have the power to sign new contracts here. On the pitch I am really very happy with him. He is improving. He will be the future of our club, and the future of English future.
'I am not frustrated. As I said before, on the pitch he is doing very well, in training and in matches. I am very happy with him, I’m not very happy with the situation, of course, but I know very well every big team here in England has the same problem.
'It’s not easy to keep these young players,' added Sarri.
'He is of course one of the best 18-year-olds in Europe, so it’s very difficult, but the club told me he is out of the market for sure [now], and probably he will be out of the market in July.
'I don’t know if he is happy with that, but I can say what I see on the pitch. And on the pitch at the moment he is fantastic.'
Sarri was later asked what he can do to convince Hudson-Odoi to sign a new deal.
'I cannot do anything. If I had the power to sign the new contract I could do everything. In my condition I cannot do anything.
'It’s impossible to promise him that he will play every match, because it depends on the situation, so I cannot do anything.'