Ethan Ampadu has admitted that he is yet to speak to Thomas Tuchel about his Chelsea future, and has cautioned that if he is not given regular playing time, he will have to leave permanently.
The Wales international spent the entire 2020-21 season on loan at Sheffield United, making 27 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League's bottom club.
Ampadu is due to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, where he battled for minutes before joining United, but the 20-year-old does not want to be a fringe player anymore.
"I haven't really spoken to [Tuchel]," Ampadu said. "I have spoken to Chelsea a little bit here and there just to see how the seasons are going, nothing for in the future, they have their season to finish off and we have ours.
"I need to be playing regular football, but I hope every footballer thinks that. That's your job and that's what you want to do, that's why you grow up having a dream.
"Wherever I am I want to be playing football. We will have to wait and see what happens. I have dreams myself, that's to play for one club, so we will have to wait and see."
Ampadu, who can play in central midfield or defense, has a deal with Chelsea that runs until 2023.