Tuchel hails Mount after first Chelsea hat-trick
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Trevoh Chalobah is close to signing a new contract at Chelsea after a spectacular start to the season. But the 22-year-old has admitted that watching Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham establish themselves in the Stamford Bridge first team over the last 18 months has inspired him to follow in their footsteps.
Last year, the versatile Chalobah, equally at home either as a defender or defensive midfielder, was on loan at French side Lorient, and it was there he caught the eye of Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
Lorient played Paris Saint Germain and Chalobah shone as a substitute even though his side lost 2-0.
That stint followed other loan spells at Ipswich and Huddersfield, and for a while it looked like Chalobah might have been lost in the endless merry go round of loan spells Chelsea youngsters often find themselves on.
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But Tuchel was impressed by him in pre-season, ruled out another loan move – and here he is.
Now talks are close to being finalised on a new three-year deal for the latest Chelsea academy product to break through, with his current contract running out in 2023.
Chalobah has started five league games already under Tuchel out of nine, scored twice, and after the 7-0 romp against Norwich on Saturday which kept Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, is expected to keep his place for the visit of Southampton tonight in the EFL Cup.
He admitted: “Having played with those guys for so many years, watching them gave me the motivation to know I can be there as well, to work even harder – and that gave me the chance.
“With Ipswich and Huddersfield it was a big test to go from Under-23s football into Championship football. At Lorient I knew if I did well, it would be a big step.
“I always knew I could play at a high level. I knew the ability I had. I adapted quickly and playing against Champions League clubs, against PSG, was an unbelievable experience.”
Tuchel is expected to rotate his squad tonight, with Danish defender Andreas Christensen set to return.
The Chelsea manager pointed to previous Stamford Bridge legends that he and Chalobah have to look to, like John Terry and Marcel Desailly, saying: “There are big examples in this club of what it takes to be a legend in defence.”
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