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Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham was expected to remain at the club and fight for a shirt alongside Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

The 20-year-old ended up moving to Aston Villa on transfer deadline on a season long loan deal, and he has revealed that Aston Villa Steve Bruce paid a phone call to him, and that was all the assurance he needed.

And Abraham is keen to play his part as Bruce plots a return to the Premier League.

“When he called me on the phone he told me he needed me,” he told Birmingham Live.

“He is excited to get me on board.

“You can tell he is a fantastic coach.

“I’m privileged to work with him.

“He sees this team moving forward and I see the same. It’s really exciting.”

Abraham enjoyed a successful spell at Bristol City two seasons ago, netting 26 times. Abraham is now hoping for a repeat of his success in the Championship with Villa.

“This year I would like to push on,” he added.

“If I get 20-odd goals again, people will see me as a proper goalscorer.

“Bristol City was an unbelievable season. I made a breakthrough. It helped going into Swansea last year but now I’m looking for more.”

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