Bamford needs to focus on Boro – Jose

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Patrick Bamford will not be in his thoughts until the end of his season-long loan at Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old striker has scored 17 goals in 31 Championship starts this season, helping Boro climb to the top of the table following Friday’s win over Norwich City.

Bamford, who scored eight goals in 14 starts for Derby County last term, has been tipped to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer and become part of the squad.

But Mourinho said: “He has a chance to be promoted with Middlesbrough.

“That’s why he is there, to develop himself and to help Middlesbrough. This is the only thing that matters.

“We think these last three matches and the possibility of an extra two or three in the play-offs are very important for his development.”

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