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Newton thinks Mancienne is ready

Michael Mancienne
Mancienne is an England Under-21 international (Getty)

Chelsea academy coach Eddie Newton thinks young defender Michael Mancienne is ready to step into the first team.

The 20-year-old QPR loanee has played 58 times in two seasons at Loftus Road.

Newton told BBC London 94.9: "He is a quality defender. I feel he's ready to train day-in day-out with the stars and develop in training.

"He can get some games under his belt. When the time comes, maybe due to injuries or suspensions, he'll be able to step in and do a good job."


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