Nathan Ake has a part to play in Chelsea's bid for the Premier League title, according to manager Antonio Conte.
The much-loaned defender was recalled from a spell at Bournemouth earlier in January after impressing as part of Eddie Howe's squad.
And Conte insists that the Dutchman has not been brought back in a bid to cash in on his strong performances during the January transfer window.
Instead, the Italian believes that the versatile Ake will be a valuable addition as he looks to maintain Chelsea's position at top of the table.
"Nathan Ake came back with us because I evaluated his situation and our situation and he is a good reinforcement," Conte told reporters.
"Ake is a player who can play in different positions. I think he has improved a lot and now he is ready to play with Chelsea and help us.
"This is the second week he has been with us and he is starting to go into our idea of football. I'm pleased to have him."
Chelsea face strugglers Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday.