The 21-year-old, who has scored four goals in 11 appearances this season, has settled well in the North East and Jose Mourinho wants him to remain with Aitor Karanka


By Graeme Bailey

Middlesbrough are confident that they can extend the loan of Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford beyond January.

Boro are keen to keep Bamford, who has scored four goals in 11 appearances since arriving from Stamford Bridge in the summer, for the rest of the Championship season and are locked in talks with the Blues.

“I would really like him to stay all season and he knows that but it’s not just me,” manager Aitor Karanka told reporters earlier in November when asked about Bamford. “I like to have players here who want to be here and not because I want them to be here.”

Having initially taken some convincing to join Middlesbrough, Bamford has since settled well in the North East and within a squad sitting joint-top of the Championship and chasing promotion to the Premier League this season.

A host of rival clubs are monitoring the 21-year-old’s situation with an eye to loaning him for the second half of the campaign but it is understood that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants the youngster to continue working with his former Real Madrid assistant, Karanka.

The Blues have also been kept informed of Karanka’s recent dropping of fellow loanee Kenneth Omeruo for “disciplinary reasons” and are believed to be firmly behind the Spaniard’s handling of the situation.

Middlesbrough are planning to bolster their squad in January but top of the order of business is the extension of Bamford’s loan, along with new contracts for Adam Reach and Albert Adomah.