Ex-Chelsea player Ola Aina admitted he has been made up for Trevoh Chalobah’s transformation at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Alex Goldberg, Aina bubbled and buzzed when discussing his friend and former colleague.

There has been real excitement surrounding Chalobah since he fully stepped foot into Chelsea’s senior dressing room.

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After three successive seasons out on loan, the defender returned to Cobham last year.

He was thrown perhaps rather unexpectedly straight into the spotlight by Thomas Tuchel.

The 23-year-old started the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal; not a bad way to mark your senior debut for Chelsea.

Just three days later, Chalobah signed off another significant moment in his career by playing Premier League football for the first time.

His remarkably rapid rise didn’t stop there.

In front of a bustling crowd at the Bridge, the academy graduate scored in the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

As the young centre-back sunk to his knees in joy, everything seemed to click into place for him.

A crazy journey for Chalobah

Although Chalobah was in and out of the side from that point, he ensured every minute of game time was performed to its full potential.

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Tuchel might not be in charge, but the number 14 remains one of Graham Potter’s most valuable and trusted squad members.

“I’m super happy for him. I messaged him and I think it was after his eighth start, I was like: ‘you’re doing really well bro. Playing alongside Thiago and this. And you’re not just there, you are putting in good performances’,” revealed Aina.

“Proper buzzing for him. And he was just like: ‘yeah just got to keep it going, got to keep my head down’. He always says that to me. It’s good to hear because he deserves it, he works hard.

“The things that he does off the pitch as well people don’t really see, so I’m always happy for him.”

Aina played with Chalobah in Chelsea’s youth ranks, but never managed to share the stage with the first-team.

With three-years difference between the pair, they weren’t destined to partner up for long.

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As it transpired, Aina left the Blues permanently in 2019 to join Torino.

But it’s nice to know he is still watching and admiring Chalobah from afar.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.