Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford has revealed he was tempted by the chance to join David Moyes at Real Sociedad, but decided to join Crystal Palace to prove he could cut it in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old left Stamford Bridge for Selhurst Park on a season long deal and is determined to show Jose Mourinho he has what it takes to become a regular at the Blues.
Bamford scored 19 goals in 43 games for Middlesbrough last season as the North East club made it to the Championship play-off final, and believes his spell at Palace is the best thing for his continued development.
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As per the Mail, the England youth star said: "I was quite keen on the idea (joining Real Sociedad) when I first heard about it,
"But I spoke to my dad and my agent and realised it was crucial to stay in the Premier League. The thought of playing in Spain did whet my appetite - playing in a new country and everything that comes with it. But now I think about it, it's good that I stayed here.
"It's the best league in the world and you need to establish yourself here before you go anywhere else."
Bamford signed a new three-year deal with Chelsea before leaving on a temporary basis, and expectations are high that the forward can one day lead the line for the champions.
With Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy already on the books at Stamford Bridge it was highly unlikely he would get much time on the pitch had he chosen to remain in West London.
With Chelsea lodging a £40 million pound bid for Monaco forward Anthony Martial, the youngster will have to prove his worth at Crystal Palace if he is to force his way into contention.
Mourinho is confident his young stars can form the basis of England's national team in the future, and Bamford would have to be considered as one of the players in that category.
Chelsea fans, can Bamford break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge? Would you prefer him over any of your current forwards? Have your say below!
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