Tino Livramento admits he wanted to go away Chelsea for the nice of his profession.
The 18-year-old right-back has starred for Southampton since his £5m summer season change from the Blues.
He performed his first aggressive recreation at Stamford Bridge within the Saints’ 3-1 defeat on Saturday, successful the penalty which James Ward-Prowse transformed.
Livramento is now with England U21s forward of Thursday’s Euro 2023 qualifier in Slovenia and is aware of leaving his boyhood membership was the fitting transfer.
He mentioned: “I really feel like if I stayed there or did different issues, then [playing Premier League football] would not have occurred as fast because it has now. I would not say I’ve any regrets however it could have been good [to have played for Chelsea].
“I needed to assume what was finest for me. Being younger, I’ve all the time needed to only play first-team soccer as quickly as doable.
“It was a tough choice for everybody concerned. They agreed that it was finest for me as nicely they usually’ve all the time sorted me.
“I used to be at Chelsea for thus lengthy and grew up a fan and by no means performed at Stamford Bridge in a aggressive recreation. Saturday was a bit bizarre however I simply loved it that bit extra taking part in in opposition to Chelsea and other people I’ve skilled in opposition to.
“I had a season ticket there for 3 years and my dad and brother nonetheless go – my brother remains to be a Chelsea fan.
“You watch video games there and coming by way of the academy I performed just a few youth video games there on the pitch however nothing compares to a full packed-out Premier League recreation. It simply felt a bit bizarre being on the opposite aspect.
“I will by no means have a nasty phrase to say about how they handled me rising up and creating me into the participant I’m at this time. It is in all probability the most effective academy on the planet that anybody would need to go to and develop.”
Livramento is amongst a gifted group of English right-backs, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker high-class competitors for a spot within the senior aspect.
“All of them praise one another so nicely, they’re all so good at what they do individually that it’s so arduous to choose one to begin each recreation,” Livramento added.
“All of them have completely different qualities and it’s inspiring wanting as much as them, particularly somebody like Reece who was at Chelsea and has completed rather well, performed his video games now, made that step as much as the seniors and hasn’t seemed again.”