Chelsea forward Izzy Brown believes he will improve faster if he stays at Stamford Bridge next season rather than becoming part of the west London club's loan brigade.
The 18-year-old academy starlet made his Premier League debut during the Blues 3-0 defeat against former club West Brom on Monday night, and now that he's had a taste of playing for Jose Mourinho's side he's hoping there'll be more opportunities to come.
Brown received a hostile reception on his return to The Hawthorns as Baggies fans still haven't forgiven him for leaving in 2013. However, the England U19 international explained it's always been a dream to play for Chelsea - the club he supported as a young boy.
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He denied his transfer was motivated by financial reasons and said that the opportunity to work day-in day-out with world-class talents gives him the best possible chance of forging a successful career in the professional game.
"It is a hard balance, but if you're training with the best players in the world and learning from the best manager in the world, what more can you ask for?" he is quoted saying by the London Evening Standard. "That's maybe more development for me than going to play in the Championship.
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"What happens next season all depends how pre-season goes. We will have a sit down and talk about it and see where my future is. But long-term, it is definitely at Chelsea."
Regarding the boos he received from West Brom supporters on his return to the Midlands, Brown defended his decision to switch allegiances and join the newly crowned Premier League champions.
"Some people don't understand, but ever since I was a kid I have been a Chelsea fan," he added. "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."
Falcao loan deal
Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao on loan next season as AS Monaco step up their search to find the Colombian a new home.
The 29-year-old has endured a disastrous debut campaign in the Premier League, and looks destined to leave Old Trafford upon the expiry of his temporary agreement this summer.
One in, two out
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sell Oscar and Juan Cuadrado this summer in order to finance a big offer for want-away Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.
The Blues pair have both been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with England international Sterling linked with a big-money move from Anfield to west London.
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