Ex-coach sends message to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte about Nathaniel Chalobah

Ray Wilkins admits he was sad to see Nathaniel Chalobah leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Ray Wilkins believes that Chelsea have made a big mistake in letting Nathaniel Chalobah leave the club this summer.

The 22-year-old ended up signing for Watford on a permanent contract back in July after he was deemed to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Chalobah was rated as one of Chelsea’s promising young talents but he failed to hold down a regular spot in the first team under Conte.

And former Chelsea coach Wilkins admits that he was not happy at all to see Chalobah leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, especially as John Terry was one of his main admirers.

Wilkins said on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning: “Nathaniel is an up and coming young man who shows a lot of promise. He’s already got himself in the England squad for his performances this season.

“I spoke with JT (Terry) a long while ago, towards the back end of a season, and he said to me “Ray, just throw Nathaniel in, he’s been different class in training”.

“It’s the players that see them day in, day out that give these guys those plaudits. I was saddened to see Nathaniel go.”

Chelsea are currently preparing to take on Leicester City in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues have won their last two Premier League games against Tottenham and Everton after suffering a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley on the opening weekend of the season.

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