TODD Kane has not ruled out returning to Oxford United next season.

After nine of the squad were told earlier this week they had no future at the club, boss Karl Robinson is now turning his attention to recruiting players.

Kane is due to go back to Chelsea after this weekend’s final game of the campaign, at Blackburn Rovers.

It has been a successful stint for the 24-year-old, who scored the U’s winner against Rochdale from the penalty spot last weekend.

United are understood to be interested in agreeing a return for Kane, who still has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

A permanent move would involve a significant pay cut, but with the offer of regular first-team football.

Kane, who is in his eighth loan spell, is open-minded about hearing Robinson’s plans in detail.

“You never know,” he said.

“I’ve been speaking to the club and we’ll look over the summer and go from there.

“I have a great relationship with the manager.

“I feel like I’ve progressed since he’s been here.

“I’m just open to have a chat and if it’s the right offer then who knows?”

He added: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity.

“It’s the best group of lads I’ve worked with and the manager since he’s come in is up there with one of the best I’ve worked with. I’m very happy.”

Robinson has made room for additions after taking the unusual step of announcing the club’s retained list before the end of the season.

Top-scorer Wes Thomas is among the out-of-contract group who were told on Monday they would not be offered new terms.

Skipper Curtis Nelson and Rob Hall’s extensions have been triggered, while new deals are on the table for Joe Rothwell, Ricardinho and Sam Long.