AS Frank Lampard and John Terry were lifting the Champions League trophy in Munich last May, Todd Kane was in the stands getting a taste of the big time.
Blackburn Rovers’ Chelsea loanee was a member of the Blues’ 25-man squad for last season’s historic European triumph and, while he didn’t make the substitutes bench in the final, he admits it has left him wanting more.
He said: “It was an incredible experience to travel to the biggest game in European football. It was the only time Chelsea have won it and I was very proud of myself and my family were very proud as well.
“Chelsea gave me the opportunity to travel with the 25-man squad. I didn’t make the bench but I was over the moon to even be going out there.
“It was a totally different experience. I don’t know what it was like for the lads who were playing but it really gave me a taste of what I would like and what I am working for.”
The 19-year-old is expected to continue at right back for Rovers today for the Championship visit of Charlton Athletic, having made his debut in the draw at Wolves last Friday night.
He has previously spent a spell on loan at League One Preston and, while he still harbours hope of making the grade at Stamford Bridge, he insists this is all part of his footballing education.
He said: “I haven’t made it. I am here to make a living out of football. I have never turned down any clubs. At the end of the day it is down to Chelsea to decide what is best for me.
“I just want to play football. I am a young lad, I don’t mind where I play. I just want to make a living out of football.
“I went to Chelsea at the age of seven and I have been there all my career. I have been told I have a chance by Chelsea if I work hard and keep level headed, which I’m sure I will.
“This is all part of the education. I went to Preston, it was a last minute deal, I went there, got some games and some experience. The aim was to come to the Championship and I have come here, it is a great opportunity for me.
“The experience at Chelsea is unbelievable. I am training with the best players every day and they are all willing to help.
“I can go to John Terry and Frank Lampard and they are always ready to give me good advice and help me. They really help the youngsters. You can ask them anything and they will help you out.”
While Kane may be dreaming of getting involved in his own European glory with Chelsea one day, for the moment he is happy concentrating on Rovers’ Championship play-off charge.
He said: “I am really looking forward to the game. I feel privileged that Blackburn Rovers wanted me and have given me the opportunity and I can’t thank them any more.”