The England Under-21 midfielder, 21, made his first start in Wednesday’s EFL Cup defeat at West Ham, six years after joining the club.

During that time he has spent time on loan with six different clubs, including a spell in Serie A with Napoli.

But the youngster insists he has now been rewarded for refusing to grow frustrated at the lack of openings at Stamford Bridge – and believes the arrival of boss Antonio Conte has helped his cause.

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Nathaniel Chalobah always backed himself to get a chance at Chelsea at some point

“Just don’t give up and keep going”

Nathaniel Chalobah on his chances at Chelsea

Chalobah said: “In terms of me getting a chance now, it is right place, right time but you have always got to keep the mentality the same and always try and work to improve yourself.

“Right place, right time, right manager and you never know what might happen. Just don’t give up and keep going.

“And if it doesn’t work at Chelsea, it will maybe work somewhere else. But you have to keep striving for the best.”

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Fellow youngster Ola Aina also got a run-out in the EFL Cup

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Antonio Conte would have liked some more cup fixtures for Chelsea to try out his youngsters

But the chances of Chalobah and full-back Ola Aina getting more first team chances have been hit by Chelsea’s exit from the League Cup.

Conte admitted the competition presented a great opportunity to check on the progress of the club’s youngsters who have found first team chances notoriously hard to come by at Stamford Bridge in recent years.

But with only the FA Cup and Premier League to go for, the manager’s focus is likely to be trained on his established first team stars.

Conte said: “I think this cup is very important to check the development of these young players. We have good young players and they need to play.”