Premier League starlet reveals why he snubbed Chelsea

Andrej Kramaric says he chose Leicester over Chelsea in January as the Blues weren’t willing to give him a first-team chance and were instead looking to ship him out on loan.

The highly-rated Croatian was a winter target for the Blues on the back of his fine showings in his homeland for Rijeka, for whom he maintained an average of roughly two goals every three games.

The 23-year-old instead joined relegation battlers Leicester in a £9m deal, and has enjoyed first-team opportunities for the Foxes under Nigel Pearson, netting one Premier League goal in the process.

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With the Blues battling for the title the switch was perceived as an odd one by some, but Kramaric says that he rejected the London club as they weren’t prepared to give him a chance to make a first-team impact:

“I never had a chance to meet [Chelsea boss Jose] Mourinho, it is true there was an option for me to join Chelsea,” he is quoted by Goal.

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me, but after I heard I was supposed to go on loan somewhere outside England, I rejected Chelsea and chose Leicester because I wanted to feel real football, I wanted to play in Premier League!”

Chelsea have a reputation for signing talented players only to loan them out with a view to selling for big profits, as they did with both Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.

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