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McEachran wants to stay at Boro

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has stated he wants to see out his loan deal with Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

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McEachran,19, signed a season-long loan deal at the Riverside in the summer, but his parent club have an option to recall him in January if they wish.

Despite harbouring a dream of eventually playing first-team football at Stamford Bridge, the England Under-21 international wants to continue his development at Boro, who are pushing for promotion to the Premier League.

"I've been at Chelsea since the age of seven and I've grown up there. It's always been my dream to play regular first-team football there," he said. "But at present, I'd like to stay here for the rest of the season. We've got a genuine chance of going up and I want to be part of it.

"There's a long way to go this season and a lot could happen but we have a really good manager here and I like the way he wants to play.

"The standard of the Championship has impressed me and I'm getting a lot out of it. We're playing two games a week and it's really intensive, but it's improving me as a player."

Middlesbrough currently sit third in the Championship, just three points off league leaders Cardiff.

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