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Chelsea are pondering over calling back young midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah from his loan stint at Napoli early in the winter transfer window.

The England U-21 international who joined Serie A side Napoli on a surprise deadline day deal has struggled for game time at the Italian club.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri who claimed he had never heard anything about the former Chelsea U-21 captain prior to his move to Italy had only given the youngster a 5minute cameo in a Europa League game against Legia Warsaw.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Napoli might send Chalobah back to London earlier than expected, it is claimed that Chelsea and Napoli will discuss the young midfielder’s situation in the next few weeks following their latest injury to defensive midfield star Matic.

According to reports, Chelsea are unhappy with Nathaniel Chalobah’s lack of playing time in Italy and the youngster might be called back to London in the January transfer window if his situation does not improve.

Nathaniel Chalobah was hailed by Jose Mourinho in 2013 as the player to lead the next generation at Stamford Bridge after the era led by captain John Terry and Frank Lampard.

Chelsea board are keen on seeing the England international progress and does not feel sitting on the bench in Italy will help his development as a footballer.

The Blues have over 30 players out on loan to different clubs and might send Nathaniel Chalobah to a different destination if his situation at Napoli does not improve. The youngster has already had loan spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesborough, Burnley and Reading.

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