Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he had no hesitation in blocking a loan move for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Borussia Dortmund wanted to sign the Blues winger on loan during the final stages of the recent transfer window.
Tuchel admits he spoke to Hudson-Odoi about the potential move and that it might have been a “good opportunity” for him.
But Tuchel explained: “We spoke about it. It was an easy decision for me on the last day of the transfer period – we cannot let a player go who is in an 18 or 19-man squad. It is simply impossible.
“He is able to play as a right wing-back, a left wing-back and the number 10 positions, he knows the group and we know him very well.
“For him it (a loan move) would have maybe been a good opportunity, but for us and our targets that we want to achieve it was simply impossible.”
Tuchel was speaking at his post-match press conference after the 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, where Hudson-Odoi again featured as a right wing-back.
“I know that it’s not his favourite position, but I think he can play in this position and serve the team when it’s necessary,” Tuchel said.