Borussia Dortmund will make an attempt to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent basis in the summer.
The Bundesliga side took the Belgian on a six-month loan on transfer deadline day after Chelsea rejected their proposal to sign him outright.
Batshuayi has already scored three goals in two starts since joining on the final day of the January transfer window.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: ‘We tried our best to get a permanent option for Michy Batshuayi, but it was a no go for Chelsea. When Roman Abramovich says ”no”, it is a ”no”.’
Dortmund will try again in the summer though the stance of Chelsea owner Abramovich indicates Batshuayi may have greater opportunities after the World Cup.
The Blues paid in excess of £30million to sign Batshuayi from Marseille in 2016 but he has struggled to get ahead in Antonio Conte’s pecking order with Diego Costa and then Alvaro Morata preferred.
Conte’s decision to sign Olivier Giroud appeared to be a clear sign that he has little faith in Batshuayi, but the Italian has himself been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge this summer.