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Brentford's Josh McEachran: I turned down Real Madrid for Chelsea dream

Brentford midfielder Josh McEachran has revealed he turned down the chance to join Real Madrid when he was a highly regarded youth prospect on the cusp of a senior breakthrough at Chelsea.

Saturday's FA Cup fourth round sees McEachran, 23, return to Stamford Bridge as a player for the first time since leaving Chelsea for Brentford in a £500,000 deal last summer, having become disillusioned with a series of underwhelming loan spells and a lack of first-team opportunities.

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 By PA Sport

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The 21-year-old joined the Blues as an eight-year-old but failed to impress despite making his first-team debut at 17.

The England U21 player had loan spells at Swansea City, Middlesbrough, Watford before landing at Wigan Athletic earlier this year, where he made seven appearances.

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Spanish daily AS reported that after previous target Jonathan Dos Santos decided to stay at Barcelona, La Real would turn their attention to bringing in the Chelsea youngster on a season-long loan. The Blues have no intention of selling McEachran,...