Reports have claimed that Todd Boehly was influential in Chelsea keeping hold of Trevoh Chalobah this summer.

According to The Athletic, the defender was keen to leave on loan due to the fear of not being offered enough first team football at Stamford Bridge for this campaign.

His fears will no doubt come from how busy Chelsea were in the summer transfer market, particularly as they looked to strengthen their centre-back options.

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After months of speculation over who they were set to sign at the back, the Blues ended the summer with the additions of Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella.

This has obviously made it more difficult for him to feature this season, with him only making one appearance in all competitions for the Blues.

Boehly convinced Chalobah to stay

That came in the victory over Leicester City at home, although his part in what was a rare win for the Blues has not been rewarded with any more time on the pitch.

Most of these games came under former boss Thomas Tuchel, who trusted him enough to start him in both domestic cup finals last season.

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Despite those impressive displays on the big stage, he was close to leaving over the summer, although The Athletic have claimed that it was Boehly who was against the idea, eventually convincing him to stay.

Perhaps he knew at the time that there would not be much longer that Tuchel would be at the club, and a new man at the helm may be more keen to play him.

The eventual replacement, Graham Potter, is reportedly looking at using Chalobah as a potential midfield option, with him showing his ability on the ball on numerous occasions to the point where he could feature in a role typically occupied by Jorginho.

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