Chelsea’s Nigerian-born striker, Tammy Abraham is ready to snub a loan move to Aston Villa in order to fight for his spot at Stamford Bridge during the ongoing campaign.
Abraham, a fringe England international, signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea last summer before joining Swansea City on loanB, and wants to stay put with The Blues.
The striker, who scored five Premier League goals for the Swans last term, but is now back with his parent club, has not yet been involved for the Chelsea first team this season.
However, Villa have been linked with a loan move, and The Villans’ manager, Steve Bruce admitted that he was closely watching developments surrounding Abraham, who scored 23 Championship goals for Bristol City during the 2016-17 season.
However, the 20-year-old does not want to drop back into the Championship at this stage of his career and is ready to snub Bruce’s side in order to stay with Chelsea.
Abraham wants to remain at Chelsea until at least January and fight for a first-team spot though he is behind Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order of strikers.
Nottingham Forest have also been credited with an interest in the Nigerian Federation target who previously enjoyed loan stints at Bristol City and Swansea City.
Abraham was left out of the Chelsea squad vs Newcastle United on Sunday after captaining the U23s in their 1-0 loss to Derby County, but that does not stop Bruce from relishing having the striker at Villa Park.
Bruce said: “If he does become available then there’s a definite interest from us, of course there is. But I haven’t had any conversation with Chelsea.
”If he was available then I think half the Championship would love to take somebody like Tammy Abraham let’s be honest. I don’t think we’re alone.”
In reaction, Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri said he will not push Tammy to leave, saying the decision is up to the lad.
Sarri says: “It is up to him. If he wants to remain, we are very happy with him and so I think until January he will stay with us.”