BURNLEY want to bring Ian Maatsen back to Turf Moor next season as the Clarets draw up plans for their Premier League return.
Vincent Kompany’s side are out on their own at the top of the Championship and bosses at the club are already mapping out their summer ahead of an instant return to the top flight.
Left-back Maatsen, who joined on loan from Chelsea at the start of the campaign, has been key to their superb season with four goals and five assists so far.
Such has been his form that Kompany is desperate to bring the 20-year-old back to the club for next season.
The Dutchman will have one year left on his Blues deal in the summer.
But, with Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella both ahead of him at Stamford Bridge, the club are expected to be open to another loan move.
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And that will likely involve signing a new deal in west London before heading back out.
Burnley are expected to give Kompany plenty of backing following his flying start to life as a manager in English football.
Nathan Tella, on loan from Southampton, has been another star with 12 goals and two assists in 30 Championship appearances.
Kompany is yet to decide whether or not to make a move and bring him back for a Premier League push.
January arrival Michael Obafemi, who joined on loan from Swansea last month, has one goal in his two sub appearances so far.
The Clarets have an option to make his loan permanent in the summer.