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Ince, Murray and Vydra up for gong

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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:13:00

Amin Affane has been returned to Chelsea after seeing a loan spell at Eredivisie side Roda JC cut short.

The 19-year-old playmaker moved to Holland in August on a season-long agreement.

He initially saw plenty of first-team football at Roda, but fell out of favour in February and has subsequently been deemed surplus to requirements.

Affane is pleased to be back at Stamford Bridge, having been welcomed back into the senior fold, and is looking to push on with his promising career.

He told Fotbollskanalen.se: "I have had three training sessions.

"It's nice to train with the A team. That is the level you need. I have met (Rafa) Benitez. He praised me after training."

Affane has also lifted the lid on the reasons behind his premature departure from Roda, with it his opinion that relations with coach Ruud Brood soured following the departure of sporting director Gerard Wielaert.

He added: "He started to pick on me. We were struggling in the league and the coach was under pressure. I thought that was the reason.

"He gave me instructions on how to act defensively in Dutch, which I didn't understand. When I asked what he meant, he got angry."

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Roda see things slightly differently, claiming that a parting of ways had been coming for some time, but feel the decision to send Affane back to England will prove beneficial to all concerned.

General director Marcel van den Bunder told De Limburger: "It's not just one incident. It's a process with several occurrences which led us to split. He didn't feel in the right place with us."

The Football League has announced the final shortlists ahead of their annual awards ceremony on Sunday.

Players will be honoured from each league and young players will also be recognised at the gala ceremony at The Brewery in London.

The 2013 shortlists are based on votes from the managers in the respective divisions.

Seasiders winger Ince, 21 has scored 18 goals in 36 league appearances this season, while striker Murray is the division's top scorer having bagged 29 in 34 games for the Eagles.

Czech Republic international Vydra has hit the net 20 times for the Hornets during his season-long loan spell from Udinese.

As well as being in contention for the Championship gong, Ince and Vydra make the shortlist again for the Young Player of the Year award - along with Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

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