Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has revealed why he chose to join Middlesbrough on loan until January.
The 20-year-old was hot property after fine loan spells at MK Dons and Derby County, where he netted a total of 25 goals in 53 appearances.
And now his new manager Aitor Karanka will be hoping his continues where he left off last season.
Speaking following Middlesbrough’s 1-0 defeat to Reading at the weekend, Bamford revealed why he had opted for a spell at the club.
In an interview with Gazette Live, the forward said, “That defeat was frustrating, but I think this team can challenge for promotion.
“That was one of the main reasons I wanted to come, because I want to be part of a team pushing for promotion again after I almost tasted it last year.
“I met three or four clubs but Boro stood out and after sitting down with Jose Mourinho and the technical director at Chelsea and talking it over, I decided this would be the best place for my development.”
Bamford went on to admit that while his initial loan deal runs only until January 1, he would like to stay longer if possible.
But much will depend on how he performs in the first half of the season, as he looks to prove to Mourinho that he could – one day – star in the Chelsea first-team.
Having seen what Diego Costa has done in his brief spell at the club, and with Loic Remy now joining him, it will not be easy for Bamford to make it at Chelsea, but that does not mean it is impossible, with age and talent both very much on his side.