Trevoh Chalobah is set to stay and challenge for a regular place at Chelsea after impressing Thomas Tuchel during the club’s opening fixtures.
Chalobah was a surprise inclusion as he made his Chelsea debut during the Blues’ UEFA Super Cup win over Villarreal, before scoring with a superb strike on his first Premier League appearance against Crystal Palace last weekend.
The defender spent last season on loan at Lorient and was expected to leave once again on a temporary deal this summer, but the Guardian are reporting that the 22-year-old will remain at Stamford Bridge and compete for a place in Tuchel’s side.
Chelsea have been linked with the signing of Jules Kounde from Sevilla before the closure of the transfer window, though Chalobah’s emergence adds to the west London side’s centre-back options.
Tuchel has trimmed his bloated squad over the past week with the sale of Tammy Abraham to Roma and departures of Michy Batshuayi and Emerson Palmieri on loan, the latter joining Lyon on a season-long agreement on Thursday.
Discussions are also being held over several players deemed surplus to requirements, with Ike Ugbo, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Matt Miazga amongst those expected to leave on loan deals before the transfer window shuts on August 31.