Striker tweets emotional goodbye following the end of his loan on Teesside:
Patrick Bamford has hinted that he may return to Middlesbrough in the future following the end of his loan deal.
The 21-year-old Chelsea forward impressed during his season-loan stint at The Riverside, where he scored 19 times, as he helped Middlesbrough reach the Championship play-off final.
Aitor Karanka‘s side failed at the final hurdle, losing 2-0 against Norwich City at Wembley on Monday afternoon, meaning that the England U21 international is unlikely to make an immediate loan move back to the north east.
In a series of tweets, Bamford issued a goodbye to the Boro faithful, but revealed that he could return to the club in the future.
Bamford Bids Farewell
“Obviously (it is) not the end of the season any of us wanted and it’s gonna hurt us all for a while but I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone associated with Boro,” he tweeted.
“You fans deserved this more than any and I’m sure next season will be yours.
“I’ve loved every minute up in the North East and appreciate the way the fans have supported me.
“It’s a time of my life I’ll never forget.
“At the minute I’m not sure what next season holds for me but I hope one day in the future I can help this club again.
“Once again, thankyou.”
Bamford, who won the Championship player of the year award, following his goal-scoring exploits, returns to Chelsea with his future still up in the air.
The former Nottingham Forest academy graduate has insisted that he would not remain at Chelsea should he fail to gain first-team football.
And the wait for a senior debut looks set to continue, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho planning a Premier League move for Bamford, who signed for the Stamford Bridge outfit from Forest in January 2012.
With Didier Drogba to depart the title-winning Blues this summer, only Diego Costa and Loic Remy remain as the two recognised forwards.
So, Chelsea fans, what does the future hold for Bamford?