The 23-year-old has signed for Premier League side Middlesbrough for a fee which could rise to as much as £10 million, depending on his success at the Riverside.
The deal means the Blues could net an impressive £8.5 million profit on Bamford five years after he signed from Nottingham Forest, but despite heading for pastures new, Bamford leaves Stamford Bridge with a heavy heart.
Speaking via London newspaper The Evening Standard, Bamford said: “My dream was to play for Chelsea – maybe I was bit naïve.
“I still have that dream.
“You never know what’s going to happen in the future but for now, even though I was sad to leave, it was one of the happiest days of my life.
“I was delighted to be coming back here. Now I’ve got to help Boro push on and see how far we can get.”
Bamford scored 19 goals in 44 games whilst on loan with Aitor Karanka’s side whilst in the Championship during the 2014-15 season, and he was crowned the second-tier’s player of the season.
He spent the first half of the season on loan Burnley but now it seems the North East will be Bamford’s new home for the foreseeable future.
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