Izzy Brown explains why he left West Brom for Chelsea

Brown departed West Brom in 2013 to sign for Chelsea.

Speaking to the Standard, Izzy Brown has revealed why he left West Brom to sign for the Blues, with many claiming it was all for the money he could receive in West London.

The 18-year-old forward said: “Some people don't understand, but ever since I was a kid I have been a Chelsea fan. I grew up watching Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola and I had videos of every season.

“My dream was always to play for Chelsea so when the chance came, I couldn't say no. It had nothing to do with the money. I love Chelsea and I love playing for the club I supported.”

Brown moved to the Premier League champions having made just one appearance for West Brom, as a prodigiously talented 16-year-old, and he is now considered one of the best talents in English football.

He made his debut for the Blues yesterday, as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 loss to former club West Brom, and it is expected that he will start to feature more and more for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho looks to ease him in to the first-team side.

Regardless of his future success, Baggies fans will always feel a sense of dislike with Brown, due to his departure. A compensation fee was set far below the value he was surely worth, and Brown’s departure was another in a long line of talents moving to big clubs after developing as so-called ‘smaller’ teams.

However, the youngster has admitted that the move was due to his admiration and support of Chelsea, rather than any financial benefits, and he is clearly happy to have made the move having now made his debut at his young age.

Yet, if he had stayed at the Hawthorns, chances would have been more forthcoming in the first-team, and maybe he would have been earning a transfer to Chelsea this summer, having featured heavily in professional football already.

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