Izzy Brown looking to stay at Chelsea

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Izzy Brown wants to stay at Chelsea next season rather than be the latest youth player to be loaned out to another club.

The 18-year-old came on to make his first Premier League appearance against former club West Brom on Monday night.

Brown became the third youth product on show at the Hawthorns when he joined Nathan Ake, who had ealier replaced 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

He told the Evening Standard: "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?

"That's maybe more development for me than going to play in the Championship. 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."


Brown is the latest in a long string of quality players that the Chelsea academy is producing, which has given Jose Mourinho reason to be excited about the future.

"I'm excited but I keep emotional control and stability, because if I don't I can lose the players," said Mourinho. "To be in a big team and to reach the level to be playing regularly for the first-team, you need time and stability.

"This year, the most important title for the academy was Ruben (Loftus-Cheek), not the European or FA Youth Cup."

Mourinho's blessing

Speaking before the West Brom match, the Chelsea boss said: "Izzy Brown plays. I want him to be champion and I want him to have his debut for Chelsea at West Brom.

"It means double for him, to play for Chelsea, to be champion, and to play against his old club."

New signing

Mourinho also confirmed that £4.5 million Brazilian signing Nathan will not be playing for Chelsea next season, and will likely be out on loan.

The future is certainly bright at Stamford Bridge, but Brown thinks he knows better than his manager when it comes to his own development.

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