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Tammy Abraham hopeful of Chelsea future after starring for Bristol City

Tammy Abraham exclusive interview

Tammy Abraham has set his sights on one day making his mark at Chelsea after taking the Championship by storm on loan at Bristol City this season.

The 19-year-old striker has netted 11 times in 16 games in all competitions so far, with his eight in the league helping him win the PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for August and September, as well as firing the Robins to sixth in the table.

Chelsea is a notoriously difficult place for youngsters to make the grade, but Abraham believes he has what it takes to impress boss Antonio Conte and become a fixture in the future at Stamford Bridge.

"I think with the new manager coming in the chances are there because we can see he's been playing youngsters," Abraham told Sky Sports.

"It's a case of when you get the opportunity you have to impress and give your all. Everyone has their time and hopefully my time will come soon."

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Tammy Abraham of Chelsea in action during the FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at
Image: The striker is targeting a place in the Chelsea squad in the future

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ola Aina and Nathaniel Chalobah all appeared off the bench as Chelsea thrashed Leicester 3-0 on Saturday, with the latter providing a superb assist for Victor Moses to score the third.

And Abraham said there is a great relationship among the Chelsea youngsters, who all support each other in their endeavours to make it to the top.

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"Obviously we get back to each other and say congrats to each other," he said. "[Chalobah] is doing well for himself and is a good example for the Chelsea youngsters.

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Highlights of Bristol City's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest from the Sky Bet Championship

"We always chat to each other after matches and find out how we're doing. We keep in contact and the [Chelsea] coaches get back to us and inform us of little things. They make you feel involved even though you're away."

While Abraham did say he hasn't had any contact with Conte since his switch to Bristol City, senior stars such as John Terry do get in touch to help him with his progress.

"Yeah [Terry] still gets in touch," he said. "I think he keeps up with the games and how well I'm doing then he gets back to me to say congratulations, just little things like that which obviously is a good thing for me and it gives me confidence knowing people [at Chelsea] are aware of me."

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Another source of inspiration for Abraham is Marcus Rashford. The two of them were up against each other in the FA Youth Cup earlier this year, but Rashford has since emerged as a star at Manchester United and went with England to Euro 2016. And Abraham hopes that, should the chance arise in the future, he could do the same at Chelsea.  

"I've played against him in the FA Youth Cup where we knocked them out, then he went a couple of months later to actually win the FA Cup!" said Abraham. "It's funny how things change, he's doing well for himself and I'm happy for him.

"If I give my best you've just got to take the opportunity when it comes to you like he did. He's a good example for all of us."

WALSALL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  Tammy Abraham of England U21 celebrates as he scores their fifth goal during the UEFA European U21 Championship Group 9 qua
Image: Tammy Abraham netted twice on his England U21 debut earlier this month

For now, though, the teenager is fully focused on Bristol City and more immediate targets this season, while also simply relishing the challenge of playing regularly in the Championship.

"The way I'm going I've set myself a target of 30 plus goals this season," he said. "We know in the Championship any team can beat any team but all the players I'm playing with are fantastic and we're aiming for the play-offs.

"[The Championship] is a different challenge, I knew what to expect coming across players older than me and stronger than me. You have to adapt the way you play and adapt your game [from youth football].

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Tammy Abraham of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team mates during the EFL Cup Third Round matc
Image: Abraham has netted eight Championship goals so far this season

"But I've found it to be a good challenge, it's about making the right movements and just finding a different way of beating my opponents if I can't outpace them or out-strength them.

"I wouldn't say I've changed [my style of play]. Scoring goals is what I love doing and obviously it shows, I've always been the same character I just have to vary the way I play in different games.

"I've always believed in myself and when you have a coach and players that believe in you it gives you that confidence when you go out onto the pitch, and every time I go out there that's what I strive to do, score goals and hopefully get the result for the team."

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