Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford ‘finalising the details’ for Middlesbrough loan extension

Patrick Bamford is set to extend his loan deal with Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Bamford has become a key part of the Middlesbrough side who are performing so well since moving to Teeside at the end of August.

After enduring a tough start at the Riverside, with his place in the first-team under threat, the 21-year-old striker has since started seven of the last eight fixtures, scoring five goals in his last six games.

His improved goalscoring form has been showing the kind of talent that Bamford displayed whilst on loan at MK Dons and Derby County last term, and the Under-21 international is keen on extending his stay in the Championship past the expiration of his loan deal on January 1.

With no real chance of making his mark on the Chelsea first-team this season, staying as a key part of Aitor Karanka’s Boro side is a wise move, and he told Gazette Live that his parent and loan club are close to agreeing an extension to his deal.

The young striker said: “I sat down with the gaffer, looked through some of my clips and told him that I wanted to stay until the end of the season, seeing how I am enjoying life here and to stay would make me happy, so I think they are on the case now pushing it towards Chelsea.

“It’s also come out that the gaffer at Chelsea, [Jose] Mourinho, is really happy with me being here as well. So I think it’s just finalising the details now, which shouldn’t be hard.”

Whilst Bamford is expecting the deal to be wrapped up in the near future, the former Nottingham Forest man did admit that the paperwork on any potential deal has not been done.

“Things haven’t been tied up, the paperwork’s not been done,” he added.

It is likely that the deal will be completed soon, as his development at Boro has been progressing well. The only reason for the Blues to recall Bamford over January would be if they intend to loan him to one of the Premier League clubs said to be looking at him over the summer, so that he can attempt to prove himself in the top flight of English football.

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