Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka comments on Patrick Bamford's future

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Aitor Karanka says he is 'sure' Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will stay at the Riverside for the entire season in light of rumours Derby County could make a £2 million offer.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka remains adamant Patrick Bamford is happy in the North-East and is sure the player will remain at club until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old's loan deal is due to expire in January and the Sunday Mirror speculated that former loan club Derby County, along with Middlesbrough, could try to tempt Chelsea with a £2 million offer in the winter transfer window.

''I am happy, not because Jose said he is happy, I am happy because Patrick wants to be here,'' Karanka told Gazettelive.co.uk

''If he is not happy it's not the best [situation] - the most important thing is Patrick is happy with us.

''Patrick is an important player for us and I am sure he will be with us at the end of the season.''  

All the indications point to Bamford staying at the Riverside for the foreseeable future and returning to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. 

After scoring 32 goals in 66 appearances over the past two season, Chelsea will have high hopes for the former Nottingham Forest striker and will be reluctant to sell him permanently at any fee, never mind the paltry £2 million they paid to bring him to West London in the first place. 

The 21-year-old will come up against his former loan side at the weekend as Middlesbrough host the Rams in what promises to be the game of the weekend in the Football League

Steve McClaren's men currently hold top spot in the Championship with 38 points from their first 20 games, but a win for Middlesbrough on Saturday would see them go top, a point clear of Derby, before the rest of the division has the chance to play later that day. 

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