By Graham Hill
TAMMY Abraham has repeated his stance on a return to Aston Villa – insisting nothing can be ruled out at this stage.
The England Under-21 striker scored 26 goals for Villa to help them to promotion last season.
But he is now back at Chelsea where the managerial situation is in limbo.
With Maurizio Sarri on his way to Juventus, Chelsea appear to have made Derby’s Frank Lampard their first choice to replace him.
But that is not clear cut as yet and Abraham refused to give a definite answer about his future.
After the final whistle at Wembley when Villa beat Derby to seal promotion, Abraham was asked if he would be back next season and replied: ‘Never say Never’.
And when he was asked the same question this weekend, the 21-year-old told Sky Sports: “You can never say never.”
But he made it clear that – while he has a strong connection with Villa – his loyalties are at Stamford Bridge.
He added: ”Chelsea is obviously the club that I’ve been at since a youngster so the aim is to try and break through there.
“Like I say, you can never say never. We’ll see how things look.”
But the £22million arrival of Brazilian striker Wesley from Club Brugge this week suggests that Villa are planning for life without Abraham.
Abraham admits he looked at both Chelsea and Aston Villa’s prospects when the fixture list came out this week.
He said: ”I looked at both, I was excited.
”It’s good to see Aston Villa in the Premier League so I still follow them on social media – I always look out for them as well.”