Nathaniel Chalobah signs new Chelsea deal

Chelsea hand a five-year contract to 18-year-old midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

Chelsea have handed a new five-year contract to teenage midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

The England Under-21 international spent last season on loan at Watford, and he has been rewarded for his performances with a new deal until 2018.

The 18-year-old told the club's official website: "It is great for me that Chelsea are willing to give me such a long contract, it is a big confidence boost.

"I think I have developed a lot as a player but I know I must continue to improve to earn a place in the Chelsea team and with my future settled, I can concentrate on doing that.

"Watford was a great experience, I learned about playing in front of a crowd every game and so many other lessons that there are too many to list. Training with Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea squad this pre-season, every session has been different with something new to take on board. I've enjoyed it a lot."

Chalobah, who can play in defence or midfield, has yet to make his competitive debut for the Blues.

Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah and Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert battle for the ball on May 9, 2013
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