Report: Patrick Bamford wants first-team chance at Chelsea despite Aston Villa speculation

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Striker Patrick Bamford wants a chance to impress at Chelsea next season.

According to the Daily Mail, striker Patrick Bamford wants a chance to impress Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho next season, after starring on loan at Middlesbrough.

Bamford, 21, joined Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in 2012, but has yet to make his competitive debut for the Blues, spending most of his career out on loan.

After spells with Milton Keynes Dons and Derby County, Bamford has spent the entirety of this season at Middlesbrough, and has thrived under Mourinho's former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka.

With Boro pushing for promotion, Bamford has hit 19 goals this term, even winning the Championship Player of the Year award last month.

Now though, Bamford is set to return to Chelsea after Middlesbrough's play-off campaign ends, and his future is again up in the air.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Aston Villa are hoping to land the England Under-21 international on loan next season, but that now doesn't seem likely.

The Mail now suggest that Bamford has decided his exploits in the Championship should give him a chance to shine under Mourinho next season, rather than lead to another loan spell.

Ultimately, it's Chelsea who will decide what to do with their young striker, but it seems that he has had enough of being farmed out on loan - and now wants a chance to make his Blues debut, with people no doubt ready to make comparisons to Tottenham's Harry Kane, who thrived this season after a series of loan spells.

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