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'Chelsea told me I would play!' - Abraham explains why he snubbed 'a lot of teams'

15:31 BST 01/09/2018
Tammy Abraham Chelsea 2018-19
The England international has linked up with Aston Villa on loan having been made aware that he would not be getting the regular game time he craves

Tammy Abraham claims to have snubbed “a lot of teams” before joining Aston Villa on loan because Chelsea had assured him he would see regular game time this season.

The England international headed for the exits at Stamford Bridge on the deadline day for Football League deals after seeing his path blocked in west London.

He had returned to his parent club over the summer looking to make a positive impact after impressing with Swansea in 2017-18 – with those efforts earning him senior recognition with the Three Lions.

It quickly became apparent, though, that Maurizio Sarri would not be giving him as many minutes as he had hoped, with a last-minute move required after turning down interest from across Europe.

Abraham told Villa’s official website: "It started off from the end of last season where Chelsea did say I'd be involved in their team and squad.

"That's the reason why I said no to a lot of teams that came from abroad and the Premier League as well, but towards the end, I found that I need to play games and need to play football, and looking at a team like Aston Villa, who I believe should be in the Premier League, it's a great chance for me to come out and showcase myself here.

"It's a situation where I want to be in a team where I believe strongly in the team and just be in a good environment enjoying myself again.

"Hopefully that can be this place and I can take them to the Premier League."

Abraham has also revealed that England U21 team-mate Jack Grealish and Chelsea legend John Terry – who spent the 2017-18 campaign with Villa – helped to talk him into a move to the Championship club.

The 20-year-old frontman added: “I’ve had players like Jack Grealish who have been messaging me every day telling me to come.

“It’s nice to have someone that you know here. It helped make up my mind a couple of days ago.

“John Terry was also one of the first people to call me about the move. He said what a great place it was and how much he loved his time here. 

“He said how much I’d like the manager and the players. I believe him and I’ve already enjoyed my first afternoon in and around the place."