The Spanish international has struggled in the Premier League since joining from Barcelona in August for £21m.

He has scored just three goals in 24 games and was hauled off at half-time by interim boss Guus Hiddink after gifting West Brom a goal in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last week.

He was subbed again in Saturday’s 3-3 with Everton.

Hiddink is not keen to lose the 28-year-old now with Chelsea in such dire straits in the league.