Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah has opened up on his rise in Thomas Tuchel’s first-team plans, the importance of being on loan and his hopes of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The 22-year-old has been a key part of Chelsea’s squad this season but has seen less playing time in recent weeks.
Speaking to football.london’s Adam Newson, Chalobah opened up about his career so far.
The defender returned to Chelsea from a loan spell at FC Lorient in France and fought for his place in pre-season, earning his spell at Stamford Bridge.
“I didn’t know what I was doing” he admits concerning the pre-season, “I didn’t know if I was going to leave on loan or if I was going to leave [permanently]. I just made sure to get back in shape – even did some extra work before coming back.
“In my head, I kept thinking ‘you never know’ even though I probably had other plans. But I had nothing to lose. I just wanted to give my best.
The Cobham graduate watched teammates Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi make their mark in the Chelsea squad and had only dreamed of joining them when he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The dream came true when Chalobah spoke about his pride in joining his young comrades in Tuchel’s team.
“My life has changed” Chalobah continued. “At this time last year, I was at Lorient on loan. Now I could win my third trophy with Chelsea. I still pinch myself to this day. Every game and every training session is a proud moment. “
Chalobah continued to discuss the importance of leaving the club on loan, gaining experience at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town and FC Lorient.
“Going out on loan three times, you could easily give up and think, ‘I’m never going to get where I want to be’ or ‘this isn’t for me’. I just carried on and want to be an example for the younger boys arrive.
“It’s important to be on loan because you need that experience, I’ve played more than 100 games on loan, so in a way I don’t regret anything. All my loans have taken me to where I am today.”
The defender’s form this season has seen rumors surrounding his international future, and it is believed Southgate will call him up for England to secure his international future ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Asked about his international future, Chalobah, who is also eligible for Sierra Leone, said: “I’ve been playing for England since the Under-16s so I don’t want it to stop. I’ve played in the whole age group. I don’t want it to stop. I’ve played with the under-21s, so that’s my next step for sure.
“For me, it will always come if I’m doing well. I try not to focus too much on that. I know if I’m doing well at my club when the time is right, it will come. Whether it’s in the next two years, whether it’s in a few months. When that happens, I’ll be ready.
It remains to be seen whether Southgate will name him in the squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup, but Chalobah would certainly be a welcome addition to the Three Lions.
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