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Tammy Abraham targets Premier League loan after Under-21s tournament

England's Tammy Abraham scores their fifth goal

Tammy Abraham has admitted he remains unsure which club he will play for next season as the Chelsea striker prepares to spearhead England Under-21’s attempt to win the European Championships for the first time since 1984.

The 19-year-old scored 23 goals on loan at Bristol City last season in his first senior campaign and has been linked with a move to promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton. Both are understood to have lodged an interest with Chelsea in taking him on a season-long loan, although Abraham – who took part in a light training session with the rest of Aidy Bothroyd’s squad in Kielce on Tuesday – does not expect his future to be resolved until England return home.

“I haven’t spoken to Chelsea yet but they know I’m focusing on this tournament so the discussions will happen after,” he said. “I’m not too sure [where I will play] but hopefully it will be in the Premier League.”

While his Chelsea team-mates were winning the title under Antonio Conte, Abraham was voted City’s young player and player of the season as his goals helped Lee Johnson’s side avoid relegation from the Championship. But with England due to kick off their tournament against holders Sweden on Friday, followed by matches against Slovakia and hosts Poland, he is already targeting the next stage of his burgeoning career.

“[Last season] was more about focusing on myself and trying to build up myself,” he said. “The players at Chelsea are established in the Premier League and this was my first season. I was trying to build myself up and make a name for myself.

“After this season I need to take myself to the next level. That’s the type of person I am, I always want to do better. I always want to do more. So going into the new season my aim will be to top this one.”

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ed Aarons in Kielce, for The Guardian on Tuesday 13th June 2017 14.14 Europe/London

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