Report: Patrick Bamford in Chelsea contract talks amid reported Aston Villa interest

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Chelsea will reportedly offer Patrick Bamford a new contract.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are keen to offer a new deal to striker Patrick Bamford after his fine form on loan at Middlesbrough, and have opened talks over a contract extension.

The Blues have recently been heavily criticised for not bringing though young English players, but manager Jose Mourinho appears to hold Bamford in high regard.

The 21-year-old striker, who joined Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in 2011, has long been touted as a future England international, but has yet to even make his Chelsea debut.

Instead, Bamford has been farmed out on loan repeatedly, joining MK Dons twice, Derby County and now Middlesbrough this season.

The England Under-21 international has hit 19 goals in 40 games for Middlesbrough this season, firing Aitor Karanka's men towards promotion back to the Premier League.

Ultimately though, Bamford's future lies with Chelsea, and with Didier Drogba moving furtter towards retirement, Bamford could yet be in the Blues first team soon.

Amid reports from Daily Star that Aston Villa are interested in signing Bamford, the Daily Mail believe that Chelsea manager Mourinho wants to offer Bamford a new contract to make sure that he stays at Stamford Bridge.

Bamford has just one year left on his Chelsea contract, so it's wise for the Blues to try and keep him in West London rather than risk losing him in the next 12 months.

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