First Team 14/07/2017

Chalobah | Exclusive First Interview

Walking into the Hornets' London Colney Training Ground was a very different experience second time around for Nathaniel Chalobah. 

Highly rated, fresh-faced and just 17-years-old when he arrived in 2012, the Chelsea loanee came without so much as a first-team notch on his belt, to a club that was itself venturing into a new era.

A Premier League winner rolled through the UCL gates on Thursday night to sign a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old's journey since his 42-game breakthrough season with the Hornets has seen him take in experiences both rewarding and hardening, giving him the grounding, he says, to further his career at Vicarage Road. 

“I think since my first time here, I tried to go forward and improve within myself,” he explained exclusively to watfordfc.com.  

“I've had some good loans, some bad loans. Last year for me was a year I'll never forget, in terms of winning the league, but also with a manager who gave me an opportunity.

“But that's in the past now isn't it really? In football, people only remember the last thing you did. I want to focus on what's now, here at Watford.”

You can watch the full interview above (free, no sign-up required) in which Chalobah talks in detail about his reasons for leaving Chelsea, admiration for his new Head Coach and his international ambition. 
 

First Team 13/07/2017

Official | Chalobah Returns

Nathaniel Chalobah has sealed a permanent return to Watford from Chelsea, the Hornets are delighted to confirm.

The England Under-21 international midfielder has signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road and joins for an undisclosed fee.

Chalobah has played 97 times for England at various youth levels, and he was a key part of the Under-21s’ recent run to the semi-final of the European Championships.

The 22-year-old excelled during 42 appearances while on loan with the Hornets during the 2012/13 season, scoring five goals.

Since then he has spent temporary spells with Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli, before returning to the first-team fold at Stamford Bridge last season.

He featured 15 times for Premier League champions Chelsea during 2016/17, making his first league start for the Blues against Watford back in May.

There'll be an exclusive interview with Chalobah at watfordfc.com soon.