Trevoh Chalobah is reportedly readying himself to leave Chelsea on loan, but there may be a new contract in store for him first.

According to The Athletic, the Blues 22-year-old is preparing to depart Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis. 

It is understood a decision should be made within the next week about a loan deal for the English youngster, who’s a product of the club’s excellent academy.

The report explains Valencia, along with unnamed Premier League suitors, are interested in a loan swoop. It’s mentioned that Chalobah considers himself a ball-playing centre-back, but teams that are eyeing him have plans to play him in midfield due to his versatility. 

The Athletic adds that Chalobah could have a first-team future with Chelsea, especially because first-team manager Thomas Tuchel likes him. Also, the club may extend his contract by a year before granting a loan exit. His current deal expires in 2023, so it would be a one-year extension before talks over a longer term deal further down the line.

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Chalobah is yet to make his competitive senior debut for Chelsea, but has caught the eye in pre-season this summer. It’s why he’s with the main group right now ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal.

He’s impressed as a centre-half, but can play several defensive and midfield positions.

The versatile star was immense with French club Lorient last season and it’s intriguing to see where he’ll be playing his football during the next nine months.

Any kind of contract extension would be an indication that he’s an academy product with every chance of carving out a Chelsea future.

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