Chelsea wonderkid - 'It would be amazing to play for Portsmouth'

Highly rated Chelsea youngster John Swift has admitted that a move to Portsmouth would be amazing, despite involvement in the Blues first-team.

The 18-year old has experienced a rapid rise to fame in recent weeks, starring in the Under-21 Premier League final victory at Manchester United, as well receiving his first senior action as a late substitute for Eden Hazard at Cardiff City on the final day of the Premier League season.

The box-to-box midfielder has proven the comparisons with Blues legend Frank Lampard are true, scoring 18 goals across the Under-21 and Under-19 age groups, as well as scoring six goals in seven games in the inaugural UEFA Youth League.

Having been called up to Jose Mourinho's first-team squad on numerous occasions during the season, it is not unlikely that Swift will remain at Stamford Bridge to attempt to prove his worth to his coach. However - as is the case with a number of promising Premier League youngsters - a loan move is expected for the England Under-19 international.

A loan at Championship level would be ideal to test Swift in a more challenging environment, however, the player has expressed a desire to turn out for his home town club - Portsmouth.

Speaking to Portsmouth-based The News, Swift - who was born in Gosport - said that playing for Portsmouth has always been a dream.

"It’s always a thought to return to Pompey. It would be amazing to play in front of a crowd that I have known all about ever since I was really young. The crowd are crazy.

"Nearly all of my friends support Pompey. I always get texts from my friends saying “come to Pompey” and stuff like that.

"If I ever played for Pompey, nearly everyone I know would be there! If Pompey are playing I always want them to win, because that is where I am from. It’s just unlucky that they are where they are. I definitely want them to start pushing up the leagues."

Swift still holds the desire to play for Portsmouth despite the club releasing him as a youngster, an act which also occurred at Chelsea. However, a hard work ethic paid off as the Premier League club resigned him - an act which is currently paying dividends.

Although the South coast club would revel in the chance to secure Swift's talents on loan for a season, their current placing in League Two will ultimately condemn their hopes as futile. It is unlikely that Chelsea would be willing to send one of their young stars to a division below the Championship - a division where he can express his talents under the watchful eyes of Jose Mourinho.

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