Chelsea to take contract decision on Trevoh Chalobah

Chelsea to take contract decision on Trevoh Chalobah

23/08/2021; 6:30 AM Steven D. Thompson By : Steven D. Thompson

With stellar performances in recent games, the Sierra Leone born defender will be rewarded with a new contract.

Impressed by the performance put up by Trevoh in the UEFA Super Cup and the 3-0 defeat of Crystal Palace where he scored, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel informed the player that he is not up for another loan as per Goal. The German gaffer wants to tie the young player to Chelsea in the long term.

Trevoh caught the eye of several clubs like Lille, Valencia and Club Brugge, who all expressed interest in taking the 22-year-old defender on loan. His recent performances ensure that the clubs are up for a disappointing response from Chelsea. The club no longer sees Trevoh as fodder to be passed around.

Who is Trevoh Chalobah?

Trevoh Chalobah joined Chelsea in 2007 at the age of eight. He hooked up with his brother Nathaniel who was already a part of the Chelsea Academy.

Trevoh has had stints at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town and Lorient. Those stints helped his progression to the top flight.

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he represented England at various youth levels. The tortuous road to forcing his way into the Chelsea senior team includes a substitute appearance in the 2018 FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.

Why the sudden interest in Chalobah?

There was no plan to keep Chalobah at Chelsea for the 2021/22 season, but upon his return from his several loan spells, the young defender has given the gaffer plenty to think of.

Trevoh is a highly rated defender at Stamford Bridge, but the plethora of defenders at Chelsea ensured he received little attention.

He featured in the three pre-season matches against Arsenal, Tottenham and Bournemouth and forced his way into Tuchel’s thinking with solid displays. All thoughts of sending him out on another loan spell are now off the cards.

Chalobah’s competition

Chelsea had been in pursuit of another youngster like him to bolster its defence. Stamford Bridge has held a keen interest in 22-year-old Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. The club has approached the Sevilla star. Chelsea may still go back to Spain to try and tempt the defender to switch clubs.

Other players ahead of Trevoh in the pecking order are Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Both defenders are currently in contract talks with Champions League winners.

Also in the first team setup is Ethan Ampadu, who has attracted interest from several quarters, but Chelsea have refused loan entreaties for the Welsh international.

Other players whose futures at the club remain unclear are Davide Zappacosta. Tiemoue Bakayoko is another player whose future remains unclear.

While Tammy Abraham recently left the club, it will appear Chelsea have no intention to take the same route with Chalobah.

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