Chelsea ace Trevoh Chalobah taken OFF loan transfer list with boss Tuchel eager to tie defender down to new contract
20th August 2021

CHELSEA have taken defender Trevoh Chalobah off their loan list after a stellar start to the season, according to reports.

The 22-year-old is believed to have impressed Blues boss Thomas Tuchel following his performances against Villarreal and Crystal Palace.

According to Goal, Tuchel has told Chalobah he is no longer interested in sending him out on loan and wants to offer him a new contract.

It's thought Lille, Valencia and Club Brugge were all interested in signing the ace – who can also play in midfield – on loan.

Premier League rivals Brentford, Championship hopefuls West Brom and former side Lorient were also linked with Chalobah in July.

The player, who is the brother of ex-Chelsea and midfielder Nathaniel, currently has two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge deal.

Tuchel's alleged change of heart comes after Chalobah's excellent start to the season, starring in their Super Cup victory of Villarreal.

And the academy graduate was even more impressive in their 3-0 Premier League win against Palace, scoring the final goal from distance.

If Chalobah remains at Chelsea this season, it could have an impact on their transfer activity in the coming days.

The Blues may now decide against signing Sevilla star and No1 defensive target Jules Kounde following Chalobah's emergence.

And Tuchel could loan out Ethan Ampadu – another versatile youngster that can play in midfield or defence – instead of Chalobah.

Newcastle are reportedly interested in Ampadu, who featured in 25 Premier League games for relegated Sheffield United in 2020-21.

Chalobah has spent three years out on loan at three different clubs, playing 29 Ligue 1 games for French side Lorient last term.

The talent has also played for Ipswich and Huddersfield, making a combined 79 Championship appearances for the two clubs.

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