Glovers midfielder 'optimistic' about Chelsea deal


Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford admits he would "love" to extend his stay at Yeovil Town, as his loan spell at Huish Park comes to an end this weekend.

The 20-year-old has made three appearances for the Glovers since arriving on a temporary deal, and is enjoying the first-team experience handed to him by manager Terry Skiverton.

"I would definitely love to stay here, keep playing and keep progressing with my career," confirmed Clifford. "I want to get more experience as I am still learning the game and would love to stay.

"I think the Fleetwood game is my last game and I am not too sure whether I can play it, but I would like to. Hopefully I am staying and hopefully I can play in the FA Cup."

Clifford has been on professional terms at Stamford Bridge for the past three seasons, and captained Chelsea's FA Youth Cup winning side in 2010.

The Republic of Ireland U21 international is tipped for a bright future, and with an emphasis once again placed on youth development in west London following the summer arrival of Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, Clifford is optimistic about the future.

However, with competition for places in the senior side as competitive as ever, Clifford is keen to continue his development away from Chelsea, and sees Yeovil as the perfect club to do that.

"Terry rang me and said he would really like me to come," he continued. "He told me the plans he had for the club and just gave me confidence. When a manager really wants you it makes you really want to go there as well.

"I am loving it, all the lads have looked after me and there has been some good banter. I am just enjoying playing first team football."

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