“I don’t regret leaving Chelsea. I had to think what was best for me” – Former Chelsea player reveals

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Tino Livramento joined Chelsea at the age of eight and was named Academy Player of the Year last season.

After spending more than a decade in the club’s academy, Livramento left Chelsea for Southampton during the summer transfer window.

The teenager has become an important player in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, playing all 7 Premier League games for Southampton this season.

Livramento was part of the Southampton teak that lost 3-1 to Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

When asked if he regrets leaving Chelsea for Southampton, Livramento told The Mirror: “Regrets? It would have been nice to play a game [for Chelsea] but I had to think what was best for me.

“Being young I’ve always wanted to just play first team football as soon as possible. I feel like if I stayed there things wouldn’t have happened as quickly as now.

“It was a hard decision for everyone involved. They agreed that it was best for me as well and they’ve always looked after me.

“I’ll never have a bad word to say about how Chelsea treated me growing up and developing me into the player I am today.

“It’s probably the best academy in the world that anyone would want to go to and develop.”

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