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During today’s press conference ahead of Tottenham’s game at Wembley next Sunday Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hinted he was not pleased to let youngsters as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go.

The first one completed a permanent move to Watford, the second one is on loan at Crystal Palace.

With Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspension, Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko not ready yet for official games, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek could have been useful in Spurs clash.

When he was asked if he regretted their departures, Conte bluntly responded: ‘

“Another question, please.”

Pressed on whether he would be more open to giving young players a chance this season, he added:

“If you remember last season I utilised different young players.

“Don’t forget Ake, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek. And also Kenedy and Aina as well. I think for a club like Chelsea if I have the opportunity to have players ready to play I’m the first person to be happy.

“But I repeat the players need to grow in the right way or you risk damage to them and the club.”


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Watford and former Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has revealed why he decided to leave Stamford Bridge to join the Hornets this summer.

The 22-year-old told SkySports he didn’t want to go out on another loan, then he asked to leave the Blues.

“It’s not about proving anyone wrong. – Chalobah said – It’s about working myself and helping the team out and seeing what I can do,” he said. 

“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. 

Then Chalobah added: “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.”

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Watford have completed the signing of Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea. The Blues are set to receive an initial fee of £5m which could rise to £7m.

The midfielder will sign a five-year deal with the Hornets. Chalobah played for Watford in the 2012/13 campaign, after being loaned from Chelsea.

Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco following the 22-year-old’s departure.

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After collecting only 10 appearances -most of which for a few minutes – with Chelsea in the last season Nathaniel Chalobah is desperate to get some playing time, that is why he is considering a move to Watford.

The Chelsea midfielder, who is a product of the Blues academy, can join the Hornets with a £5m plus add-ons permanent move.

Chalobah is aware that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who rates him highly but was not able to give him any assurances about first team opportunities.

With Tiemoué Bakayoko set to sign for the Stamford Bridge side in this transfer window Chalobah’s chances to play will be even more limited than in the past.

The England U-21 international already spent a season on loan at Watford, in 2012/2013, when the Hornets still were in the Championship: he made 38 appeareances and scored five goals.

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Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith claimed that Tiemouné Bakayoko‘s signing for Chelsea will mean Nathaniel Chalobah exit from the clubSky Sports pundit Alan Smith claimed that Bakayoko‘s signing for Chelsea will mean Nathaniel Chalobah exit from the club:

Chelsea have nearly bought a central midfielder haven’t they, which is going to block Nathaniel Chalobah‘s path,” Smith said.

“You’re thinking he will probably have to leave. That goes right across the board with a lot of the boys.”

Anyway, with Nemanja Matic soon moving to Manchester United it would be possible for Chalobah to stay in Chelsea squad as a substitute of the French midfielder.

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Nathaniel Chalobah made an impact since he joined Chelsea‘s first team last season following a Serie A spell with Napoli.

“I’ve learned every day, – he said – From [N’Golo] Kante, his work rate and ­defensive quality – he just got better on the ball as the season went on – [Nemanja] Matic, for his composure and ­passing, and Cesc’s passing and ability to pick up passes”.

“It’s a very high standard at Chelsea, the club has an amazing academy and produces really top players. It’s just there’s that barrier of getting in there – and then staying in there.”

The England Under-21 star, who will face Germany in the U-21 European Cup semi-final added: “You’re playing for one of the best teams in Europe – they’re now back in the Champions League – and the demand is high on winning”. 

“We won the league and I have competition from European Cup winners, World Cup winners and full internationals. The manager Antonio Conte’s tactical awareness, his passion and desire to win all rub off on everyone.”

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According to former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins, the Blues will make a mistake if they sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

“I was really ­disappointed to read they are ­looking at ­Bakayoko from Monaco”. – Wilkins told talkSPORT – “He is 22, French and doesn’t get near the national side, but it was quoted Chelsea might be paying £32m. “In Nathaniel Chalobah they have a footballer who can play exactly the same but just needs an opportunity. You’ve seen ­already in the two games he’s played he looks a class act in and among people of his own age. Playing with the top ­quality players they have at Chelsea, he can only ­improve week to week.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the U18 Blues Youth Cup success.
The Italian manager watched the final against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge sitting next to the owner, Roman Abramovich:
We watched the game together. It’s always good to see Mr Abramovich and to stay together, also to enjoy the game and to see our team winning for the fourth time in a row. The FA Youth Cup. Yes, it was good.”
Asked if he can integrate some of these players in the future:
“For sure, it’s very important for Chelsea, the work in the academy. The academy is working very well. I think in this team, yes, I saw four or five players with good prospects for the future. But you know that it’s not easy then to become a Chelsea player and to play for the first-team.
“This gap is not simple, not only for Chelsea but in all teams. But we must be proud of the work in the academy. We have 23 players in our squad, with three goalkeepers. We have four players with our academy. Ruben, Chalobah and Ake, and Aina… I think it’s great, this.”

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Nathaniel Chalobah has claimed that his experience at Napoli on loan was crucial for his development and for the same reason ‘more English players should go abroad’.

“It’s really tough – he told The SunYou will want to come home after the first two weeks – but I think a lot more players should try it”.

“For me, it was an amazing experience. I learned a new language and went into a changing room where I was out of my comfort zone a bit”. 

“I had to deal with a different culture and adapt to being on my own without my family and friends around me – Chalobah added – It made me grow up. It was such a positive thing”.


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