Striker Bamford to leave Dons in January

Patrick Bamford will leave stadium:mk in January
Patrick Bamford will leave stadium:mk in January

Top scorer Patrick Bamford will leave MK Dons when his loan expires on January 5, 2014.

The on-loan Chelsea man has hit the back of the net 16 times this season, but will return to his parent club after the FA Cup third round clash with Wigan Athetic on Saturday.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to the Championship for the remainder of the season.

Confirming the news, manager Karl Robinson said: “Wigan is going to be Patrick’s last game. The boy’s disappointed, we’re disappointed, but you’ve got to be respectful to Chelsea.

“It’s not a case of anything we’ve done wrong, instead Chelsea have thanked us for everything we’ve done and they’ve said they couldn’t have wished for the loan deal to go any better.

“I do believe there are four or five top Championship clubs vying for his signature to try and strengthen for the back end of the season. If I was a Championship manager, I would be going for Patrick, and if I was Chelsea I would probably want to see him challenged at the next level.

“Whoever does get his signature will be getting a very, very talented footballer. We wish him luck, he’s a wonderful boy and he’s somebody who I’ll always stay in contact with, and one day hopefully work with again.

“I do wish him all the luck in the world and I want the fans to give him a tremendous send off on Wednesday and then on Saturday for those who travel to Wigan. This is a decision that’s not been made by him, it’s been made by his club for the benefit of his career.

“Lastly, I want to say thank you to Chelsea, Neil Bath, Eddie Newton and Tore Andre Flo for giving us the opportunity to work with Patrick.”