Maurizio Sarri has reiterated that Danny Drinkwater is not in his plans.
Drinkwater has been overlooked by the Chelsea boss, who does not believe he is suitable for the Blues’ three-man midfield.
And Sarri made it clear at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he has not changed his mind.
Drinkwater is therefore available to other clubs ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline and could move on loan.
“At the moment he is with us,” Sarri said.
“I told you my opinion about this player. He is a very good player but I think he is more suitable for playing with two midfielders.
“He is not a central midfielder and not centre-right in a midfield with three players. In a 4-4-2 he is a very good player.”
Sarri remains keen to bring in a midfielder to replace Cesc Fabregas, who recently left for Monaco.
Youngster Ethan Ampadu struggled in the role in Sunday’s FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday.
Sarri said: “I thought for us it was important to have two players. One (Gonzalo Higuain) has arrived. I am waiting for the other.
“If he will arrive, I will be very happy, otherwise I have to work with these players. It’s not a big problem for me.
“Ampadu didn’t play very well in that position. He is very young, it’s a new position, and it’s not easy to play there in our team.”