Chalobah opts to join Hornets

14 July 2017 05:46:17 EST

England Under-21s midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has left Chelsea to join Watford on a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old has become frustrated by a lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge and has decided to take up the offer of a return to Vicarage Road, where he spent the whole of the 2012/13 season on loan.

Chalobah has also enjoyed loan stints with Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli, while his only senior appearances for the Blues came last season.

Chalobah did thank current Blues head coach Antonio Conte for the faith he had shown in him, but still felt that moving on was the best thing to do.

He commented: "He showed faith in me (last) pre-season and he liked the way I was working. That was a confidence boost - as a player, you just get the vibe.

"It's a very high standard at the club and the club has an amazing academy and produces really top players.

"It's just there's that barrier getting in there and staying in there. You're playing for one of the best teams in Europe, they're in the Champions League and the demand is high on winning."

Chalobah is the second major midfield arrival at the Hornets this summer, with Will Hughes, another England Under-21 international, having joined from Derby County.

Head coach Marco Silva has also arrived from relegated Hull City to take charge, as Watford aim to improve on a 17th place finish last season.

The Hornets are 500/1 to be relegated next season, with Swansea City 1/2000 and Crystal Palace 1000/1.

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