On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has issued an apology to the club's fans after liking Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin's Instagram posts celebrating Arsenal's 3-0 win over the Blues on Saturday (24 September). The 23-year-old angered some fans of the Stamford Bridge club after he approved of the Arsenal duo's celebratory pictures following their one-sided success at the Emirates Stadium.
Bamford is currently on loan with Burnley and has clarified his behaviour, insisting he was merely "liking my friends pics". He has, however, said that he did not wish to upset Chelsea or any of the club's supporters.
"Wth regards 2 the Instagram pics I liked, was only liking my friends pics as I've done many a time. No shade or disrespect intended. Sorry (sic)," the on-loan Chelsea youngster tweeted.
Bamford joined Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in 2012, but was recently farmed out on loan for the sixth time in his career at the club, having previously spent time with Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Norwich City.
Bamford left Palace in abrupt fashion in 2015, saying his loan spell with the south London club had been "terrible". The Chelsea youngster terminated his year-long loan spell at Selhurst Park due to a lack of first-team football, having made only six appearances in the Premier League from the bench.
"If I were being honest, it has been terrible. No one wants to sit on the bench and not play," the Chelsea striker subsequently said, according to Sky Sports. "It was my decision. The coaches have just found out - I have told them I am going. The gaffer hasn't actually spoken to me. I will go in and say bye now. But I think it will be fine. Shake hands and say it didn't work out. No hard feelings."