Chelsea youngster Matt Miazga not thinking about the prospect of a loan move

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The 20-year-old centre-back made two starts for the Blues this past season following his January arrival from the New York Red Bulls.

Chelsea defender Matt Miazga has told that he is embracing the adjustment to life at Stamford Bridge and has not contemplated the prospect of a loan move next season.

Miazga, 20, joined Chelsea from the New York Red Bulls in the winter transfer window for a reported £3.5 million fee after establishing himself as one of the top talents in MLS and went on to make two starts for the Blues over the second half of the season.

The American centre-back produced an impressive debut performance in April’s 4-0 win at Aston Villa but noticeably struggled during the subsequent 1-0 loss at Swansea City, when he gave away Gylfi Sigurdsson's winner with a poor clearance and picked up a booking before being substituted at half-time.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink opted against using the one-time capped US international from then on and it now remains to be seen what the immediate future holds for him under incoming manager Antonio Conte.

Playing time will obviously be hard to come by next term with John Terry now staying at the club for another season and Conte expected to bring in defensive reinforcements, leading most to assume that the 6ft 3in stopper will be loaned out.

Nevertheless, Miazga himself is not thinking that far forward and is prepared to fight for a place in the first-team squad when he returns for preseason training later this summer.

“I’m not really focused on [a potential loan] right now,” he told “I’m just focused on the national team and when the Premier League starts again and the season starts up, that’s something we obviously have to discuss.

“It’s been a good learning process, going to a big club and learning the ways over there and adjusting to the Premier League and how they play their football. Obviously you go through your ups and your downs, which is normal, but it felt like I learned a lot.”

In the meantime, Miazga has been taking part in the US national team's pre-Copa America Centenario “transition camp" in Miami over the past week and could earn his second cap for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side when they take on Puerto Rico in their first warm-up friendly on Sunday at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.

Strong competition at centre-back meat he failed to secure a spot in the final 23-man squad for next month’s tournament, but there is still a chance he could earn a late call-up if injures strike before the team’s opening match against Colombia on 3 June.

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