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Mancienne eyes Blues future
17 Nov 2008 - 10:48:42
Defender Michael Mancienne is determined to secure a long-term future at Chelsea, having won his first call-up to the senior England squad for the friendly against Germany.
The 20-year-old was the shock name in Fabio Capello's 23-man party for the game in Berlin this week, having impressed since making a loan switch to Championship leaders Wolves.
He told The Sun: "Long-term I would like to go back there (Chelsea), because I have been with the club since I was a kid.
"I am at Wolves until the end of December and I don't know if the loan will be extended.
"I want to make headlines because that shows I'm doing well. To go from Chelsea reserves to the top of the Championship with Wolves and to England is a massive thrill.
"I am thriving on the pressure playing first-team football brings and this is only inspiring me to work harder, because these are just the first steps."
Meanwhile, Blues and England skipper John Terry has backed Mancienne to become a key performer at Stamford Bridge in the future.
He added: "I don't want to put too much pressure on the lad, but we all realise he has got a bright future in front of him.
"Fair play to Michael. We have got a lot of players at Chelsea and he has been eager to go out and prove that he is good enough.
"He has been eager to break into the squad. It is very unfortunate for all the young players at Chelsea that we have got such a big squad.
"They get paid a lot of money to be part of our squad and it is difficult sometimes to throw the younger lads in, but he will get his chance I am sure."