Chelsea stopper open to Merseyside switch

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Highly rated Chelsea goalkeeper Rhys Taylor has returned from a successful loan spell with League Two outfit Crewe Alexandra.

The Welsh under-21 international played a starring role for the Railwaymen this season, cementing his place in the No.1 spot ahead of the vastly experienced Steve Phillips, highlighting his potential as a future star.

And Taylor has intimated he would be happy to return to Gresty Road for another spell in order to add to his first-team experience, which will stand him in good stead for his fledgling Chelsea career.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi paid tribute to the impact Taylor made, and left the door open for another loan agreement with the Blues.

"I am reluctant to do loan deals for young players because I have my own here but I know where to go if I need one," Gradi told Crewe's official website.

"The deal for Rhys was a great success. He was no problem whatsoever and it suited everyone. He gained some great experience and he had a good season for us.

"He made some mistakes as a young goalkeeper but he also made some good saves to win us some points as well."

The Alex's stalwart, who has been associated with the club for almost thirty years, paid tribute to Chelsea and former Crewe manager Steve Holland, who now holds down a post in the Stamford Bridge youth set-up.

"Chelsea were a great club to deal with. Steve recommended Rhys to us and I didn't need to see him because I knew he would be good enough on Steve's say so.

"The communication was really good and Chelsea were a good club to deal with."

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