Former Chelsea striker Stipe Perica has admitted that he would love to return to the Premier League club one day but does not regret leaving Stamford Bridge over the summer.
The 21-year-old Croatian forward was purchased by the Blues back in 2013 but over the course of three years on the west London club’s books he did not make a single senior appearance.
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Loan stints at NAC Breda and Udinese saw Perica as one of the countless players farmed out by the Premier League club on a perennial basis.
These temporary stints were followed by a permanent move to the Serie A side over the summer.
Perica has stated that he does not regret joining the Blues and would like to follow in the footsteps of David Luiz and Nemanja Matic in the future by returning to Chelsea.
“I don’t regret anything,” he told Croatian newspaper 24 Sata.
“Even though I haven’t played for Chelsea, I am proud to have been part of one of the best organised clubs in the world and I will give anything to return one day.
“I got to know Nemanja Matic and his brother Uros (at NAC Breda). We are still in touch, as is the case with Branislav Ivanovic. What those guys did for me, I’ll never forget. Nemanja still takes care of me, like my agent.”
Perica has an excellent record for the Croatia under-21 side, scoring seven times in ten outings for the outfit.
It will now be up to the eastern European attacker to prove himself at Udinese if he is to live up to the potential that convinced Chelsea to sign him in the first place.