Patrick Bamford: 'I turned down Harvard for football'

Patrick Bamford reveals that he was offered a scholarship at Harvard University but turned it down to pursue his football career.

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has revealed that he turned down Harvard University in America to pursue a career in football.

The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, considered going to the prestigious university had his professional football career not worked out.

"I applied abroad and somehow Harvard offered me a scholarship!" Bamford said, according to

"They offered it mainly based on football but it was also to do with business. Once I knew I could progress as a footballer Harvard was a back up."

Bamford has scored twice in five games for Boro already, as he looks to impress Jose Mourinho and force his way into the Chelsea side.

Patrick Bamford of England during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying match between England U21 and San Marino U21 at Greenhous Meadow on November 19, 2013
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