Comments by Norwich City boss Daniel Farke have led to speculation that Chelsea could recall Billy Gilmour in January.
Gilmour moved to Carrow Road during the summer on a season-long loan deal in what was seen at the time as a shrewd move by the promoted Canaries.
However, since playing in their opening three matches of the campaign, Gilmour has recently been let out of the side by Farke.
Speaking at a recent press conference, Farke insisted there is no expectation to select Gilmour and that young players from top Premier League clubs must expect competition for places.
Farke said: “There is no pressure (to play Gilmour). We are not here to develop players for other clubs, we are here to win points for this club,” the German told his press conference.
“They want to be Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham players one day, so they need to face a challenge and step up to it.”
That has led to the Sunday Express claiming that Chelsea director and transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia might recall Gilmour at the start of the new year.
Season-long loan deals generally include an option for clubs to recall their player during the January transfer window.