Patrick Bamford has refused to rule out a return to Chelsea after moving to Middlesbrough
Bamford was loaned out to six clubs – including Boro – during his time at Stamford Bridge, but failed make a breakthrough at the club.
He enjoyed the best season of his career on loan with the Teesside club in the 2014/15 campaign, scoring 19 goals and earning himself the accolade of Championship Player of the Year.
Bamford has joined Boro on a four-and-a-half-year deal
But despite his success on loan he failed to earn a single appearance for the Blues.
And Bamford has now spoken out about his frustrations with the loan system in England after further loan spells with MK Dons, Derby, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley.
“I was really keen doing the loan deals when I was younger, but after going to about six clubs it was getting a bit much,” Bamford told talkSPORT.
Bamford failed to make a single first-team appearance during his five years at Chelsea
“Moving every six months and having to resettle and relocate, it isn’t ideal.
“I made a decision with my team that I had to be somewhere where I can enjoy myself and somewhere I can see myself settling down to concentrate on the football, and there was only one place I could do that.”
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Bamford also opened up about the mixed emotions he felt when calling time on his career at Chelsea, but admitted that he would not ‘close the door’ on a return to the club in the future.
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“It was a sad day knowing that I was going to leave Chelsea, but it was also probably one of the happiest days of my life as well,” he added.
“I was so happy to come back here to Middlesbrough.
“I’ve put Chelsea behind me now, but I really enjoyed working with the staff and the players there. I’ll remember my time there fondly.
“But I’m not closing the door on Chelsea. You never know what will happen in the future, depending on how well I do.”