John Swift returns to Chelsea after Rotherham cancel loan deal

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Chelsea youngster John Swift has returned to the club after his loan spell at Rotherham was terminated, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 19-year-old is highly rated at Stamford Bridge and made his Premier League debut as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Cardiff City last season. Jose Mourinho wanted Swift to get more first team experience, however, and decided to loan him out on a season-long deal.

Rotherham, who won promotion to the Championship last season, fought off several interested parties to bag his signature but little has gone to plan since the deal was confirmed on August 1.

Fallen out of favour

Swift appeared in each of Rotherham's first four games of the season but has been named on the bench in each of the last nine games. His last appearance came on August 19 in a 2-0 defeat to Watford.

With the player clearly falling out of favour with Millers manager Steve Evans, they have opted to send him back to west London where he can continue his development in the youth team.

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The statement

A statement on Rotherham's official website said: "John Swift has returned to Chelsea, after his loan spell was brought to an end.

"It was agreed to be in the best interest for all parties that the player could continue his development with his parent club, after the talented midfielder was unable to make a significant impact on the first-team whilst with the Millers.

"He signed on the eve of the Millers' final pre-season game, when they faced Doncaster Rovers, but hasn't played since the defeat to Watford back in August.

"We would like to thank John for his efforts whilst on loan with the Millers, and wish him the very best of luck in his career."

Loan rangers

Chelsea still have as many as 25 out on loan across both Europe and South America. Their policy of hoarding young talent that can then be developed away from the club has caused plenty of controversy, but the benefits are clear for all to see.

The policy has seen the likes Thibaut Courtois emerge as one of the biggest goalkeeping talents in the world whilst on loan before making a return to Chelsea to claim a first team place.  

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