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In Focus: Nathaniel Chalobah should choose to turn his back on Chelsea

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are ready to offer Nathaniel Chalobah a new five-year contract worth £60,000-a-week to stop him joining interested Premier League sides Southampton, Swansea City or Watford for around £6m this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 22-year-old has just one year left on his current deal with the Blues and his contract includes a release clause that allows him to leave for a set fee, which is around £6m according to the Daily Mail.

Southampton, Swansea and Watford are all keen on signing the England Under-21 international, but the Daily Mail say the Premier League champions are hoping to convince the midfielder to commit his long-term future to the club.

Chalobah is keen to see if he will be handed more playing time under Antonio Conte next term if he is to stay, as first team opportunities were few and far between last season.

The imminent arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco certainly won’t fill him with confidence that he will get more minutes on the pitch.

How did Chalobah do last season?

Well, with Conte only having the likes of N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to choose from in the middle of the park, Chalobah would have been hopeful that he would get a few opportunities.

It didn’t quite work out that way though, with the 22-year-old making just 15 appearances in all competitions, featuring for just 159 minutes in the Premier League.

What are his realistic chances next season?

While the PFA Player of the Year Kante is a guaranteed starter, much could depend on the future of Matic.

If the Serbian goes and Bakayoko arrives then not much will have changed, although of course the Blues will have more fixtures next season as they return to the group stages of the Champions League.

What is Chalobah likely to do?

In all honesty he may actually decide that a move away is the best option if he is to develop as a player, and he would certainly get plenty of playing time at Southampton, Swansea or Palace.

Having impressed for England at the European Under-21 Championships, the 22-year-old will also be aware that he could force himself into the senior squad with some regular and consistent Premier League performances, and that is only likely to happen if he leaves the Blues.

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