Promising Chelsea frontman Patrick Bamford has issued a warning to the Stamford Bridge club regarding his future.
Bamford, who signed for the Blues in a £1.5m move from Nottingham Forest in January 2012, has spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Middlesbrough.
The 23-year-old has notched 17 league goals for Boro and his fine form was rewarded earlier this week when he was named the Championship’s Player of the Year.
Despite lighting up the Championship with some fantastic displays, Bamford’s chances of breaking in Jose Mourinho’s first team remain slim, with Diego Costa and Loic Remy seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order to occupy Chelsea’s lone striking position.
Bamford has more than two years left to run on his current Chelsea contract, but he has told the club that he has no intention of returning to the Bridge just to sit on the bench.
“I want to play for Chelsea, I hope I do get that chance and I think I can compete, he told The Express.
“A lot of people said I left Nottingham Forest for the wrong reasons, but that wasn’t true. I wanted to play for a top team like Chelsea.
“However, after two years regularly playing out on loan, going back and sitting on the bench wouldn’t really help me.”
Chelsea loaned Bamford out to MK Dons and Derby County before farming him out to the Riverside Stadium.