Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah admits seeing his former Academy teammates making it in the first team was an inspiration.
Chalobah spent last season on loan at French club Lorient and was perhaps expecting to be finding another loan club ahead of this season, before Thomas Tuchel decided to include him in pre-season.
He admits that seeing friends and Academy team-mates like Reece James and Mason Mount stake their claim in the first-team squad, only made him work harder on his return to Cobham.
“That was my motivation,” Chalobah told the club’s. “I watched all the Chelsea games when Mason and Reece were playing under [Frank] Lampard. I would rush home to watch the games. Seeing them play for Chelsea is massive.
“I played with them throughout all age groups and then I was seeing them play on television.
“Training with those two [Mason and Reece] just bought back the days when I was training with them back in Academy days so yes, it made me feel confident and relaxed.”
Chalobah admits he is loving every minute working under Tuchel.
“He gives opportunities, there has been a lot of young players that have trained, like Lewis Hall for example. There are opportunities there, that’s so good from the manager to give young players the chance.
“As a young player, you need that trust and belief in the manager and that’s what helps. He gives you extra confidence.
“For me I could be a role model for a lot of the young players growing up. I went on loan, you could easily give up and think ‘I’m never going to get to where I want to be’. I want to be an example for the younger boys. You need to do those loans and gain experience. I don’t regret any of my loans, they have helped me where I am today.”
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PSG are eyeing a move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian is reportedly keen to leave Stamford Bridge just a season after joining from Inter Milan.
Football-insider reports that PSG have set their sights on the 28-year-old.
The Parisians are looking to tinker with their attack this summer.
Kylian Mbappe is entering the final months of his contract and Lionel Messi continues to be linked with a return to Barcelona.
Lukaku has recently fallen behind Kai Havertz in the pecking order at Chelsea.