Eden Hazard has talked up Ruben Loftus-Cheek's ability and declared him ready for regular first-team opportunities at Chelsea.
The England midfielder enjoyed a successful loan stint at Crystal Palace last season, making 24 appearances in the Premier League and winning a spot in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad.
Maurizio Sarri is now weighing up whether to grant the 22-year-old an extended chance to impress at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard, who went head-to-head with Loftus-Cheek in the third-place play-off in Russia, is clear on where his team-mate should spend the upcoming campaign.
"Ruben is a fantastic player," the Belgium star told the London Evening Standard. "He is still young, of course, but I think if we can have him in the team this season it's a plus for everyone.
"I know his quality. He is young, he is powerful. The future will be top for him."
Loftus-Cheek made his Premier League debut for Chelsea in January 2015 and has appeared in 22 top-flight matches for the London club.
He featured briefly off the bench in last week's International Champions Cup encounter against Arsenal.
Last month, Loftus-Cheek complained that he had felt a "lack of faith" from Antonio Conte last season and stated his desire to play more regularly this term.
"I want to play as much as I can," he said.
"Even this past season I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to because of the injuries. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing.
"I do understand Chelsea is a big club and there is always pressure on managers to win games and trophies.
"We’ll see what happens. I’m confident in my ability and that I can do well, wherever it is."