Zola: Chelsea loanee needs Premier League football next season

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On-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is more likely to stay at Vicarage Road if Watford secure promotion to the Premier League, says Gianfranco Zola.

Sky Sports reports how the 18-year-old has been one of the club's leading lights this season, as the Hornets finished third in the Championship to secure a place in the play-offs.

Zola is now preparing his players for a crucial semi-final first leg clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, and hopes that successful navigation through the play-offs will increase Watford's chances of retaining Chalobah's services for another season.

"If we go up to the Premier League we stand more chance of having him here for a longer period but right now it is impossible to say," explained the Chelsea legend.

"It is difficult to know because it depends on the manager who goes to Chelsea and many other things."

The managerial uncertainty at Stamford Bridge leaves question marks hanging over the England youth international's future. But, if his recent performances in the second tier are anything to go by, then you'd be foolish to predict anything but great things for Chalobah in west London.

Whilst it might be premature to call for the player's inclusion in the Chelsea first-team, a year's experience of playing top-flight football would surely be beneficial to his continued development.

And, if Watford are successful in their promotion bid this month, then there is no reason why Chalobah won't return to the Hertfordshire club again next season.



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