Thursday, 16 October 2008

Mancienne Hints At Chelsea Exit - West Ham & Fulham Linked

England Under-21 star Michael Mancienne has revealed that he is ready to consider his future at Chelsea if he is unable to force himself into manager Luiz Felipe Scolari’s plans at Stamford Bridge. With Premier League rivals West Ham United and Fulham reportedly interested in the versatile defender.

20-year-old Mancienne has yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues, despite being at the West London club since the age of 8. With the defender, who has featured at every level for England since the Under-16’s spending the last two seasons on loan with Championship team Queens Park Rangers.

Mancienne impressed during his time at QPR, making 58 appearances and was a favourite with the Loftus Road crowd, with the defender, who was man of the match for the England Under-21 side in their play-off with Wales resigned to the fact that a move away from Chelsea might be the only way to progress his career.

Mancienne said: “I understand the problem at Chelsea because there are so many top-quality players.

“But it can get you down when you are a regular with England Under-21s, but you go back to the reserve team. It's very frustrating.

“I am at a stage now where I need to play first-team football and feel ready to test myself at the highest level.

“My game has blossomed under Stuart Pearce and my education at Chelsea has been top-class.

“I will keep trying to catch the boss' eye, but eventually you have to be honest and start thinking about what's best for your career.”

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