Chelsea's top hierarchy are unhappy with Maurizio Sarri's handling of teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.
According to the Mirror, after the meltdown at Manchester City, there is added concern and unhappiness from above that the Italian manager's treatment of winger Hudson-Odoi doesn't tally with the message from the club.
The English giants rejected Hudson-Odoi's transfer request last month in the hope Sarri would give him enough game time to convince him to stay long term, with his current contract up in 2020.
However, he was left out of the squad for the 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth, played only the last 13 minutes of the 5-0 win against Huddersfield as a late sub and was omitted from Sarri's squad again for Sunday's humiliation at The Etihad.
The Italian manager took Hudson-Odoi to Manchester but he failed to make the 18-man squad and was forced to watch the City defeat from the stands.
Following the current situation, it is understood a departure for Hudson-Odoi is far from a certainty.
The chances of Hudson-Odoi leaving are likely to be connected to Eden Hazard’s future with the Blues determined not to lose both wingers this summer.