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Chelsea boss Tuchel insists Chalobah in team on merit

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists Trevoh Chalobah is in his team on merit.

Tuchel confirmed the academy graduate defender will not be sent on loan, instead having a major chance to stake his claim for a long-term first-team future.

Chalobah impressed in the Super Cup win over Villarreal, then backed up that showing with a long-range strike against Palace.

“I think he had a fantastic pre-season with us, he's a very good player and even more important a top character," said Tuchel.

“He has both feet on the ground, he took his chance very impressively, he played very good matches in pre-season, he performed for 120 minutes against

“So now I think it's very logical that he stays with us, and he's looking for his chance here.

“We let some players go but Trevoh is a guy we absolutely want to keep, and this is the status for him.

“We had a talk yesterday, and I think his situation was he went out on loans, he had the loans he needed to develop, but now is a good moment to stay with us and be part of the group.

“And to take further steps towards fulfilling his dream which is to be part of a strong Chelsea squad, which he is at the moment.

“We trust him, this is not a gift, this is what he deserves."

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