On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has revealed the real reason he quit Nottingham Forest to move to Stamford Bridge, stating his desire to play for a top Premier League club as the main motivation behind his 2012 transfer.
The 21-year-old talisman's departure from the City Ground at the time was shrouded in controversy, having been with Forest since the age of eight. He was perceived to have jumped ship at the earliest opportunity after making just two senior appearances.
However, the recently crowned Championship Player of the Year has defended his decision to join the Blues, stating it had nothing to do with money.
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Despite the fact he's yet to make a single first-team appearance for Chelsea, Bamford remains hopeful of making a breakthrough in Jose Mourinho's side in the future.
His impressive form for promotion-chasing Middlesbrough has further enhanced his reputation, and he could finally achieve his ambition of playing in the English top-flight next term.
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"After I made the move from Forest, a lot of people said I went for the wrong reasons, which wasn't true at the time," reflected Bamford in an interview with Sky Sports.
""I went there because I wanted to play for a top team like Chelsea, and hopefully I do get that chance."
With 19 goals in all competitions for Aitor Karanka's side in 2014/15 Bamford has attracted admiring glances from a number of Premier League suitors keen to take the Blues ace on loan next season.
The England U21 international could remain at the Riverside if Boro are successful in their bid for promotion back to the top-flight, although at this stage the talented youngster is probably still holding out hopes of breaking into the Chelsea squad.
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