Englishman has not featured for the Blues since the 2011-12 campaign.
Young Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran says that he is still hopeful of one day getting back into the west London club’s starting lineup, according to reports in the Daily Express.
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The highly rated England Under-21 international is currently spending a six-month loan spell with Championship high-flyers Wigan Athletic, while the player has also been shipped out on loan in the past to the likes of Swansea City, Middlesbrough and Watford.
However, the 21-year-old still believes that he is good enough to force his way back into Jose Mourinho’s thinking at Stamford Bridge next season, telling Get West London: “Chelsea is a top club, so I’m not just going to walk into a team full of world-class players. I need to be patient, keep playing games and hopefully one day get my chance.
“I’m a Wigan player at the moment but I’m still contracted to Chelsea and have got another two-and-a-half years left. At the end of the day I want to play for Chelsea. I still think that’s a realistic ambition.
“I still speak to Steve Holland, who is Mourinho’s assistant.
“He watches all of my games and tells me what I’m doing right and doing wrong.
“Eddie Newton comes to watch my games as well and gives me feedback. They don’t just send you out on loan and forget about you. They keep an eye on you.”