Chalobah is keen to shine at the Blues

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LON­DON: Chelsea mid­fielder Nathaniel Chalobah is hop­ing to ce­ment his place at Stam­ford Bridge af­ter mak­ing a break­through for the Premier League cham­pi­ons un­der An­to­nio Conte last sea­son.

The 22-year-old, who joined Chelsea’s acad­emy at the age of 10, was sent out on six loan spells be­fore the Ital­ian boss de­cided to keep him at the club at the start of last cam­paign.

“He (Conte) showed faith in me in pre-sea­son and he liked the way I was work­ing,” Chalobah, who made nine of his 10 league ap­pear­ances from the bench, told the Tele­graph.

“He made a de­ci­sion to keep me ... The way I see it is that I’m in a bet­ter po­si­tion than I was last year.

“We won the league and I have got com­pe­ti­tion ahead of me in (N’Golo) Kante, (Cesc) Fabre­gas and (Ne­manja) Matic.

“And we’re talk­ing Euro­pean Cup win­ners, World Cup win­ners and full in­ter­na­tion­als, and th­ese are play­ers that you can learn from ev­ery sin­gle day, in terms of what they do on the pitch and the way they are off the pitch.”

Chalobah has also been a suc­cess for Eng­land in the youth lev­els, mak­ing his Un­der-21 de­but in 2012 at the age of 17.

With Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate look­ing to add fresh faces to the na­tional squad over the past few fix­tures, Chalobah be­lieves there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young­sters to earn a se­nior call-up.

“Gareth has showed with his faith in the sys­tem that any­thing’s pos­si­ble leav­ing the Un­der-21s,” he added.

“He’s called up Nathan (Red­mond) and James Ward-Prowse ... so for ev­ery­one who is here we have got to try and look for­ward to the next step ... Play­ers are get­ting the op­por­tu­nity now.” – Reuters

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