Bamford happy to extend successful loan spell at Middlesbrough

The 21-year-old Chelsea forward wants to stay at the Riverside until the end of the season.

England Under-21 striker Patrick Bamford is looking to extend his loan at Middlesbrough beyond its current January deadline, and is hoping parent club Chelsea give him the chance to prolong his stay in the North East.

The highly thought of youngster, still yet to make his Blues debut after signing from Nottingham Forest in 2012, has once again been impressing in the Championship, at a side gunning for promotion to the Premier League.

“At the moment, I’m only here until the New Year, but I’m keen to stay,” Bamford said.

“I like it here, I like the manager.

“He believes in me, which is important, so far I don’t think there’s any reason for me to go back.”

Given Karanka's relationship to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, the Boro boss worked under the Portuguese at Real Madrid, it is fully possible that the likes of Bamford will end up extending his stay at the Riverside.

Karanka's side are only out of the automatic promotion positions on goal difference, and boast the strongest defensive record in the league, bolstered by the likes Blues trio Bamford, Kenneth Omeruo and Jamal Blackman as well as Spurs duo Ryan Fredericks and Milos Veljkovic.

Bamford and Omeruo are both proving themselves to be important players, and their presence at the club is some achievement given Omeruo's World Cup performances and Bamford's work with Derby last season. The forward's versatility has seen him get plenty of games to score his goals this year, and the 21-year-old currently has 5 in 13.

It looks like being one of Middlesbrough's most promising seasons since being relegated to the Championship in 2009, and if they were to be successful in their promotion campaign, Karanka's connections to Mourinho will surely have been a key factor.

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