Nathaniel Chalobah has revealed his motivations behind leaving Stamford Bridge in favour of a return to Watford this summer, report the Hertfordshire Mercury.
Chalobah spent 12 years as a Chelsea player, but only ever made 15 appearances for the club – all of those coming last season.
Now 22-years-old, Chalobah needs to be playing regular first-team football in order to continue to develop into the player that he is destined to be.
He revealed to the Hertfordshire Mercury that was his primary motivator behind looking to leave the club this summer:
“Chelsea offered me a new contract but I wanted to come out and give myself a chance to play. I think being at Chelsea I would have signed a new contract and been sent back out on loan, so that was the choice I had to make.”
Chalobah went on to reveal that he had discussions with Antonio Conte over his future at the club, which were positive, but he had already made up his mind. As the Hertfordshire Mercury report:
“The conversation I had with the manager was positive but it was a decision I had to make after being on loan six times, coming back and forth, it felt like if I had signed a new deal I would have been loaned out again.”
Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Chalobah has been one of our most promising younger players for years, but only made his debut last season, and was sold a year later. That’s Chelsea for you.