Another Chelsea youth product, Nathaniel Chalobah has decided to leave the club this summer in search of regular first team football. The English U21 player has made a permanent move to Watford for a transfer fee of £5.5 million. Squawka reports that he has been offered the number 14 jersey at Vicarage Road.
Chalobah was unable to break into Conte’s first team last season. He made 15 appearances in across competitions, making only 5 starts. The defensive midfielder has been frustrated by the lack of opportunities at Chelsea and was eager to make a move this summer.
Nathaniel joined the club in 2005 from Fulham as a youth player. After spending 5 years in the youth academy, he made the jump to the senior squad and became a regular with the reserve team. He captianed the side that won the 2012 FA Youth Cup.
Last summer, Antonio Conte decided to give an opportunity to Chalobah. But the lack of football by the Italian boss didn’t allow the player to show his real worth.
Following that, the player he decided to make a move away from the Bridge and has joined the Hornets. Chelsea has included the buyback and sell-on clause in his contract in case he turns out to be an amazing player in the future.
Chalobah has joined the likes of Nathan Ake and Dominic Solanke in leaving the Blues this summer. The lack of opportunities under Antonio Conte has forced the highly rated youngsters to look elsewhere this summer.
The Blues boss also decided to loan out Tammy Abraham and Loftus-Cheek as they look to gain experience and break into the side next season.