Nathaniel Chalobah says he still sees his future at Chelsea, despite a deadline day loan move to Burnley further postponing his potential first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.
Chalobah, 19, has still to make his debut for the Blues since coming up through the ranks, spending the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Watford, before splitting last season between spells at Nottingham Forest and Middlsebrough.
The centre-back-cum-defensive midfielder has impressed enough in that time to establish himself as a regular in the England under-21 side, but Chelsea’s star-studded squad leaves him with few opportunities to excite in North London.
Nevertheless, the Sierra Leone-born teenager still pictures himself turning out for Jose Mourinho’s side at some point, and hopes his stint with the Clarets can prove his top flight credentials at the first time of asking.
‘I’m a Chelsea player for the next few years. I’m always going to have that belief that I can play for Chelsea. That’s not going to change,’ he told reporters.
‘At the end of the day there are world class players there and I’m still really young, and I’m trying to learn as much as I can with all the loans that I’ve had.
‘I’ve tried to take as much experience as I can out of it so it’s more about developing as a player and a person, and I’ll always go back to Chelsea and compete for a place.
‘If it doesn’t work out then I’ll hold my hand up and try to take all the experience that I’ve got from going out on loan and playing games into pushing my career forward elsewhere.’