Reebok Stadium boss wants Stamford Bridge star back on-loan for another season.
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has appealed to striker Daniel Sturridge not to return to Chelsea to sit on the bench but stay at the Reebok to play first-team football.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a successful spell with the Trotters scoring eight goals in 12 appearances.
Coyle believes the progress the England U21 international has made this season will be lost if he returns to the Blues’ bench and does not continue his development.
With Chelsea still to appoint a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, it remains unclear whether he will be in the first-team reckoning next season.
Coyle wants Sturridge to develop his game in another loan spell at the Reebok Stadium next season.
“I feel with Daniel that another period with Bolton Wanderers would certainly take him on to the next level of his career, and then be a starter for Chelsea,” Coyle told the club’s website.
“Just now he is under Drogba, Torres, Malouda, Anelka, Kalou – as outstanding a player as Daniel is.
“Time will tell, but we give them the platform, the opportunity and the belief to play in the best league in the world.”