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Nathaniel Chalobah signs for Burnley on season-long loan

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Burnley have completed the signing of centre-back Nathaniel Chalobah on a season-long-loan deal from fellow Premier League side Chelsea, according to BBC Sport.

The 19-year-old England Under-21 international will join up with his new teammates in due course after completing a medical. 

Limited opportunities

Chalobah, who has had spells at Championship sides Watford and Nottingham Forest, has seen his chances for first team action limited in recent times. However, he is highly rated and the opportunity to star in the Premier League could determine whether he has a long-term future with the London side. 

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Chalobah came through the Chelsea academy, having been there since his early teens. In 2010, he was named on the bench for a Premier League match despite only being 15-years-old. By 2012, Chalobah had captained Chelsea as they brought home the FA Youth Cup. He was then sent on loan to several Championship sides to carry on his footballing education. 

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Burnley move

He becomes Burnley's eighth summer signing after Stephen Ward from Wolves, Matt Taylor from West Ham, Marvin Sordell from Bolton Wanderers, Steven Reid from West Brom, Michael Kightley from Stoke, Lukas Jutkiewicz from Middlesbrough, Matthew Gilks from Blackpool, and, most recently, George Boyd from Hull City. 

Burnley also narrowly missed out on signing Bolton's Mark Davies before the transfer window slams shut. The 26-year-old former England-under 19 international was available for a nominal fee and fitted in with Burnley manager, Sean Dyche's, footballing philosophy. 

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