Maurizio Sarri is open to the prospect of John Terry joining his coaching staff at Chelsea but fears the club's former captain is intent upon playing for another season before he turns his attention to life in the dug-out.
Sarri made it clear he had no interest in signing 37-year-old as a player because it would limit the opportunities for young central defenders such as Ethan Ampadu.
The Blues have been playing some great football this season and with top-of-the-table Liverpool travelling to Tottenham this weekend, Chelsea have a great chance to leapfrog the Merseysiders with a fifth consecutive victory tomorrow.
The former England global was reportedly set to join Russian outfit Spartak Moscow, but that move broke down.
"I don't know, the last time I spoke to him he told me that he wants to play for another season but I don't know the situation", Sarri told reporters at his news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Cardiff City.
'It's up to him. Chelsea is his home, of course. Here, he's a point of reference. So he will be very important for everybody here. I don't know. I have to speak to him.More news: Florence to become powerful hurricane Monday
Chelsea are one of three Premier League teams to have registered four wins from four matches, alongside Liverpool and Watford. "For the moment, I'm really very happy to stay here".
"I think so. I hope not".
A lifeless, error-strewn display against Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley did not augur well for Chelsea and despite a 3-2 league win against Arsenal featuring some delightful football, it was offset by glaring defensive deficiencies that might have resulted in five or six goals for the Gunners.
Sarri, as quoted by West London Sport, was led to believe that Abraham had no intentions of departing Stamford Bridge in the summer initially.
Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta have been laid low with a fever but Cesc Fabregas is close to a return after a knee problem.