"As a young kid I didn't realise what hard work it was for my parents, all the travelling they had to do and the 100 per cent they put behind me. Never once did they pressure me into doing anything. This is payback time for them."
Sidwell, 24, added: "Running down my contract [at Reading] was a big gamble and people told me I was silly. But I wanted to test myself at the highest level and that's what I'll get at Chelsea - going for big titles, big prizes and Champions League football."