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Watford will need to bring in more new faces this summer if they are to achieve this and a midfield addition such as Chalobah would offer the new coach real strength in depth in the heart of his team.
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Chalobah is attracting plenty of interest from other top flight clubs with Watford said to be very interested in the 22-year-old. His first loan deal, at Watford, proved to be the highlight of Chalobah's career after the England U21 global played 38 games for the club.
Chalobah returns to Vicarage Road having made 42 appearances while on loan in the 2012-13 season, where he scored five goals.
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Chalobah made 37 appearances for Watford in the 2012/13 season and the England Under-21's worldwide believes he can replicate that game time in the new season as a Hornet.
He received offers from several clubs in the 2016 summer window, but Conte himself stepped in and rejected those approaches as he wanted the youngster to stay with our first team and join our efforts in battling for the Premier League title.
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He played just 15 times under Antonio Conte at Chelsea last season and the club's reported pursuit of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko prompted speculation that he would be allowed to leave.