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Nathaniel Chalobah turned down a new contract offer from Chelsea to join Watford in a £6million deal in the summer and the 22-year-old midfielder has now revealed leaving Chelsea wasn’t an easy decision.

“It was a difficult situation for me and a difficult position because I had been at the club for a very long time,” Chalobah told talkSPORT.

“I support the club, I was a ball boy at the games and I’ve been a big Chelsea fan. After being on so many loans and finally being back in the squad last season, I was living my dream.

“It was a tough decision to make because I wanted to play and last year the boys were playing so well and doing amazing things so I couldn’t really complain at the decison [to leave me out].

“Like any young player, you want to play football and it was time for me to venture out and see if I can get some games under my belt and see where that takes me. It wasn’t an easy decision at all.”

Chalobah has been out injured since September after suffering a fractured knee cap but he hopes to be back playing football soon.

“My knee is OK, it is getting there,” Chalobah added.

“I have been doing the rehab and taking it slowly, plugging away every day, and I have seen some improvements recently,” he said.

“I don’t really want to say over the radio how long I’ll be out, but it’s not far off, not long hopefully.”

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