Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said Trevoh Chalobah deserves his new long-term contract after impressing even the club board with his progress.
Initially, the 22-year-old’s inclusion in Thomas Tuchel’s squad at the start of the season was a pleasant surprise to many Blues fans.
While he was a regular at Lorient in Ligue 1, his loan club also barely escaped relegation and conceded third-most goals in the league.
Not to mention that he started the 2020/21 season as a defensive midfielder before moving deeper to a centre-back position in the second half of the season.
He has since established himself as a reliable defensive option for Tuchel, having featured for Chelsea 10 times this season, six of those in the Premier League.
To put it into perspective, Chalobah has played more minutes than the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell in the league this season.
Very few, if any, had expected that a few months ago.
Chelsea have now rewarded him with a new four-and-a-half-year contract, and club director Granovskaia has heaped praise on the young defender.
Chalobah pens new Chelsea contract until summer 2026
“To see Trevoh joining so many of his fellow Academy graduates in the men’s first team is something we are exceptionally proud of as a club,” the Chelsea director told the club’s official website.
“When he scored in the first game of the Premier League season, it was an emotional moment for everyone involved in his progress to this point.
“His performances in the early months of the season, as well as his attitude and professionalism, have impressed us all.
“We are very pleased to be able to reward Trevoh’s progress with this new long-term contract.”