England Under-21 international Nathaniel Chalobah, the 18-year-old Chelsea player, has indicated his desire to spend this season at a Premier League club after spending last season on loan at Watford.
With Jose Mourinho indicating that the player can spend another season on loan away from Stamford Bridge, the player has made clear that despite wanting to play for Chelsea, he wishes to remain in the top flight if playing for Chelsea’s first team were not to happen.
“Chelsea’s where I want to be. It’s probably best to play around the same level, in the same league.
“The Premier League is probably where I’ll be looking to go this year.
“It’s up to me and up to the club to find a place for me where I can get a chance to play, because I don’t want to go to another Premier League team and sit on the bench.”
Chalobah was born in Freetown, South Africa and is a product of Chelsea’s youth system.
He featured in the Chelsea reserves during the 2010-11 season. He was also a part of the 2012 FA Youth Cup winning side.
Shortly after turning 17 he signed a professional contract with the London club which runs until 2014.
He signed on loan for Watford on the 31st of August 2013, making his professional debut for the club on the 18th of September 2012 against Brighton & Hove Albion coming on as a late substitution.
His first start came in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City 5 days later. He scored his first goal for the club in November in a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. His second goal was in a game against Burnley, three days after his 18th birthday.
What was initially intended to be a loan deal that would expire in January, the player made a considerable impression and the loan deal was extended to allow the player see out the season at Vicarage Road.
The 6ft 1in player was an important player in Watford’s push for promotion and his performances aided the teams journey to Wembley in a play-off final against Crystal Palace that they lost to an injury time penalty from veteran striker Kevin Phillips.
His comments indicate though that he is not looking for a return to Championship football and is willing to hold out for the right Premier League club that will give him ample playing time and opportunity to prove to Mourinho that he is not just a player for the future but a player for the now too.