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Three-year contract agreed: Chelsea announce deal for midfielder is done and dusted


Chelsea midfielder John Swift has left the club to play for Reading after signing a three-year deal, with a 12-month option.

The 21-year-old has played only one official match for the Blues.

He was loaned out to Rotherham United, Swindon and Brentford, scoring 7 goals in 27 appearances for the Bees last season.

He revealed that he rejected a new contract at Stamford Bridge to join Reading and work with manager Jaap Stam.

"We had good interest already from Reading but when Jaap came in from Ajax it was really appealing to me - he wants to play football the way I do," Swift told Get Reading.

"I met him and that made up my mind… he's someone to learn from, someone who has been at the very top level.

"Obviously he didn't play in the same position as me but I can definitely learn from him every day in training.

"As soon as I knew that I wasn't going to sign for Chelsea, Brentford were one of the teams that came in to sign me.

"But I was playing on the left there last season. Obviously I enjoyed it but I didn't want to just settle on that. I wanted to look everywhere else.

"So luckily I waited, then Jaap came in at Reading and it was all done and dusted."

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