Thomas Tuchel has opened up on the future of loanee Armando Broja following reports that Southampton are keen to take the forward on a permanent deal.
The 20-year-old has bagged five goals in the Premier League so far this season, scoring in each of his four starts at home for the Saints.
Southampton reportedly hope to strike a deal this month and expect to learn of Chelsea’s response this week.
Speaking to the press ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Brighton on Tuesday night, Tuchel fielded questions about the future of the Albanian.
He said: “He is our player and he is doing good. But at the same time it is only half the season. He needs to continue to improve and to make his statement at Southampton.
"We have a reason why they are our players. They have quality, mentality. They are now out there on their own in different environments, different clubs and proving themselves. Armando is getting better and better.
"He is a very unique player with some very unique strengths in his game. His speed, he is robust. He is a goal scorer. First of all it is not the moment to discuss about summer. It is the moment for him to stay calm and keep on improving."