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Ex-Chelsea striker Marko Mitrovic: I was ready to sign for 'big club' Bury

Former Chelsea striker Marko Mitrovic has revealed he was set to sign for Bury before they were kicked out of the Football League.

Mitrovic, a former Sweden youth international, was signed by Chelsea as a 16 year-old from Malmo FF.

The attacking talent spent three years inside the Chelsea academy before being promoted to the Blues first team for the 2011–2012 season. Mitrovic never managed a senior appearance for the club - but his English ties drew him back this summer with the prospect of joining Bury.

The striker's last club was Serbia's Radnicki Nis and by his own admission, he was convinced Bury would be financially saved and he'd be able to sign for the then League Two club.

He revealed to Fotbollskanalen: "I was 100 per cent positive that everything would be okay. We had already agreed on everything and I was just waiting to get to sign. I was ready at the start of the season.

"I thought the club would be saved and it also seemed that EFL wanted to save the club. I never thought it was not going to work out."

At Chelsea, Mitrovic won the FA Youth Cup and was part of a generation inside Cobham who included the likes of Michael Mancienne, Jeffrey Bruma, Gökhan Töre and Nathaniel Chalobah.

On Bury, outwith their financial problems, Mitrovic insists the club was set up for success.

He added: "It was really a big club. They had the old Manchester City facilities and the training facility is located near Manchester United's and Manchester City's training facilities in Carrington. It would have been a really good move, but this is how it sometimes is."

- updated September 30


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