Chelsea have been told by Reading boss Steve Clarke that they can recall loanee Michael Hector due to a clause in his contract, Daily Star reports.
The 23-year-old was recently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge following a huge drop in form from the current Premier League champions.
Reading chief executive Samrit Thanakanchanasut earlier revealed that Blues boss Jose Mourinho was keen on bringing back the centre-back to reinforce his defence.
However, Clarke admitted that there is yet to be any talks involving Hector’s return, but added that there is a clause in his loan agreement which could see him leave in January.
“Chelsea haven’t been in touch with me and as far as I know they haven’t been in touch with the club,” he said.
“There is a recall clause in January, which there is in most season long loans. It’s not for the whole month, but there is a week in January when they could take him back – if they want him.”
He joined from the Royals on deadline day for £4.5million, but was immediately loaned back to his former side.
Hector has so far made 14 appearances for the Championship side this term, but could now be brought back to help a struggling Blues squad.
Mourinho has seen his side pick up seven loses this season and are now sitting 15th on the table with 13 games already being played.