Watford sign Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah on five-year deal for an undisclosed fee

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

The 22-year-old midfielder 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.

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