EDDIE NEWTON says it’s up to Antonio Conte to decide if Tammy Abraham is in the Chelsea first-team squad next season.
Newton is a coach at Chelsea and is the man tasked with overseeing all 38 of the club’s loan players.
One of those is Tammy Abraham, who has has scored 21 goals from 36 appearances on loan at Bristol City.
The 19-year-old striker was asked about his plans for next season this week and he declared his wish to play Premier League football.
Newton, who makes all the decisions on every loan player, is waiting to hear the club’s plans from Conte.
He exclusively told Starsport: “Tammy is still on the development path.
“We all want to play Premier League – I still want to play in the Premier League, if I could!
“But there’s only a certain amount of people you can put in a squad and it’s up to Antonio to make that decision.
“I’m sure Michael [Emanalo] will help him with all the decision-making processes that he’s got to make in the summer.
“Once he’s made the decision, we’ll know where we stand and see where Tammy stands, then we’ll go from there.”
When asked about his plans for next term, Abraham said: “It’s something that has played with my mind.
“I’ve asked myself the same question — and I’ll ask my parents and see what my agents are saying — but I think I need to get through this season first and finish on a high.
“It would obviously be a dream for me to be playing in the Premier League but I have to focus on Bristol City first.”