AVB yet to decide on Sturridge

17 July 2011 02:47
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has yet to make his mind up about whether striker Daniel Sturridge will be loaned out again this season.

Villas-Boas only took charge of the Blues last month and will use their upcoming pre-season tour of Asia as an opportunity to take a good look at his squad.

He has yet to decide what to do with Sturridge but has made it clear that he regards the 21-year-old as an integral part of his long-term plans.

Newcastle, Bolton, West Brom and Stoke have all been linked with a season-long loan move for the England Under-21 hitman.

But whether Sturridge features in Villas-Boas' thinking for the 2011/12 campaign will be determined in the next few weeks.

"This is one of the decisions we have to take," said the Portuguese tactician.

"Daniel is a very, very interesting player with a tremendous future. The individual is highly regarded by myself.

"I have 15 days in Asia to make the best decision and I need those four games to continue to assess.

"When we get back from Asia we have a week running into the Rangers game and I think from then on a decision will have to be taken to be ready for the first game of the season.

"Then again it does not mean that we won't be active after that, because the market always gets very frenetic in the last days and you never know what will happen."

Source: Team_Talk