Watford sign Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on five-year contract

Nathaniel Chalobah of England during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier between England U21 and Moldova U21 at The Madejski Stadium on September 05, 2013
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Watford announce the signing of Chelsea and England Under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Watford have announced the signing of Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old, who has been at Stamford Bridge since the age of 11, made 15 first-team appearances for the Blues last season, although he only started one game in the Premier League.

Chalobah enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the Hornets during the 2012-13 season, making 42 appearances and scoring five goals, and he has now sealed a permanent switch to Vicarage Road.

Watford announced the news in a statement on Thursday, describing the deal - said to be in the region of £5m - as one they were "delighted to confirm" and revealing that he will wear squad number 14.

Chalobah, who starred for the England Under-21s side during the recent European Championships in Poland, had been offered an extension to his contract at Chelsea.

Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah in action during his side's Premier League clash with champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on October 15, 2016
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