Chelsea prospect Patrick Bamford was clearly unhappy over rumours that his future at the club was in doubt and with the help of his management, confirmed that he still remains in the plans of Jose Mourinho.
On Wednesday, the Express published a story headlined ‘Jose Mourinho told me to leave and has no plan for my career, admits Patrick Bamford’ with quotes from the youngster explaining how he had the option of staying but preferred to go out on loan and play regular first-team football.
‘‘Jose Mourinho hasn’t really outlined the plan for my career,’’ Bamford was quoted in the Express. "I was going to stay there this season, that was the original plan, but when the chance to bring Didier back arrives, you can't really turn down Drogba, can you?"
"Then Jose gave me the choice whether I wanted to stay and play bit-parts - but a very minimum amount of football - or I could go out on loan."
"He said Boro would be a great option. It was an easy choice in the end.’’
Following on from the backlash, Bamford quickly responded to the press, as used by Sky Sports, and on his official Twitter page.
Just for clarification! pic.twitter.com/TxY70ePz8C— Patrick Bamford (@Patrick_Bamford) March 5, 2015
Should Chelsea look to keep Bamford?
The news that Mourinho doesn’t have a plan for the 21-year-old did seem incredibly odd given his development over the past two seasons.
Last season, he played an important part in both MK Dons and Derby County’s promotion push and has done the same for Middlesbrough, who currently sit at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, this season.
Although the Lincolnshire-born attacker as previously been dubbed a conventional centre forward, which would seem to limit his chances of playing for the Blues, he has proven for both the Rams and Boro that he can play in a number of different attacking positions.
If Mourinho is to pull the plug on Bamford’s career at Stamford Bridge then it would make little sense in doing now, while he is playing well and proving week in, week out he is progressing.
In the summer, when he returns for pre-season training, if he still doesn’t look ready for first-team Premier League football then questions could be asked. However, until then, it seems unlikely that he wouldn’t have a future waiting for him in West London.