Patrick Bamford has confessed that he may have to leave Chelsea on loan again next season for a Premier League opportunity, but that he hopes to have a long-term future at Stamford Bridge and save Jose Mourinho as much as £30m.
The 21-year-old striker is currently enjoying a stunning season with Championship side Middlesbrough, where his 17 league goals have clinched him the Player of the Year award and could also be a major factor in the North East club returning to the top tier.
Bamford is considered to be one of the best youngsters in English football, but is yet to make a senior appearance for Chelsea after being snapped up from Nottingham Forest in 2012.
He’s since been loaned to MK Dons twice and Derby County, but has truly found his feet with Boro.
Although he wants to one day stop Mourinho from having to shell out as much as £30m for a top goalscorer, Bamford has admitted that he’s ready to go out on another temporary deal next term to taste Premier League action:
“Hopefully, I’ll be playing in the Premier League next season one way or another,” he told The Independent. “I’d like to try and play at Chelsea, but I don’t want to spend next season sat on the bench – at this stage it’s important for my development that I play every week if possible.
“Where I go is up to the club, but I regard my long-term future being at Chelsea. Fingers crossed, I might be the man who saves [Mourinho] spending £30m.
“I’ve got to be patient, I’m still quite young. If I want to be a main striker at Chelsea, I need to get the chance to push people like [Didier] Drogba and [Loïc] Rémy and to see what I can learn off them.”