Serbian starlet 'loves Chelsea the most'

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Partizan Belgrade's highly-rated forward Lazar Markovic is attracting serious interest from Fiorentina, but has set his sights on a move to Chelsea.

The 17-year-old Serbian starlet, who has been dubbed the 'new Stevan Jovetic' is contracted to the SuperLiga champions until 2016, and so will likely command a lucrative transfer fee.

After making his Partizan debut last season, Markovic struggled to push on, but he has enjoyed more regular first-team football this year, making over a dozen appearances for the club.

It's little surprise that La Viola want to bring Markovic to the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but it is Stamford Bridge that he has identified as his preferred destination, with Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas as the man he wants to continue his development.

"Chelsea is the club I love the most, of course after Partizan," said Markovic. "I'd like to play there.

"I believe that the best football is in England; that is a type of league that suits me."

Chelsea have recruited a number of promising youngsters since the arrival of Villas-Boas in June, and could capitalise on Markovic's preference to move to west London when the transfer window reopens in January.

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