Sturridge plans Chelsea future
Daniel Sturridge is confident he has a long-term future at Chelsea after joining Bolton on loan.
Last Updated: 06/02/11 11:38am
Daniel Sturridge is confident he has a long-term future at Chelsea and is determined to make the most of his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers.
The striker has started just two Premier League games for Chelsea since joining from Manchester City 18 months ago and has been used as the back-up to Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.
Chelsea's record-breaking capture of Fernando Torres on transfer deadline day enabled Sturridge to link up with Bolton on loan to further his experience.
However, the youngster is not concerned by Torres' arrival as, with Drogba and Anelka both in their 30s, he feels there will soon be an opening for him at Stamford Bridge.
"I'm not worried about Fernando Torres coming in at Chelsea," Sturridge told the Daily Star Sunday.
"I believe in myself. I'm not worrying about any players the club signs, because it's a world-class club with world-class players."
"I think Didier and Nicolas are coming towards the end of their careers and we need to replace them at some point."
Sturridge has scored on both his appearances for Bolton to date and he believes Chelsea do have long-term plans for him.
He added. "I don't think Chelsea would let me leave, even if I was interested in going.
"They made it quite clear they weren't going to entertain a transfer and in the beginning I wasn't allowed to go on loan.
"I'm a Chelsea player and I love Chelsea.
"I've come to Bolton to gain first-team experience. I'm sure the manager here, Owen Coyle, will help me achieve that.
"It will be a great period for me but then I'll go back to Chelsea and try to further my career there."