Watford have completed the signing of Nathaniel Chalobah on a permanent deal from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, the club have confirmed.
Chalobah – who made 42 appearances while on loan with the Hornets during the 2012/13 season, scoring five goals – has now returned and signed a five-year deal with the Hornets, taking their number 14 jersey ahead of the new campaign.
The player spent last season with former club Chelsea, but featured only on the fringes of their first team squad, while in the past he has spent time with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli on loan. He played just 15 times for last season’s champions in 2016/17, making his first league start for them against Watford back in May.
22-year-old Chalobah had been offered a new £60,000-a-week deal by Chelsea in order to turn down Watford’s advances, but his desire to play regular first team football in the Premier League in the end convinced Chelsea to sell. It is believed he has made the move for somewhere around the £5m mark.