Chalobah speaks exclusively to Reading FC PlayerHaving finished his first training session at Hogwood Park, Nathaniel Chalobah spoke to Reading FC Player after signing a loan deal which will see him spend the rest of the season under former Chelsea man Steve Clarke at Reading.
"I’m very happy to be here and to try and help the team. When the opportunity came up, it was a good challenge for me and, meeting all the lads in the changing room in the morning, they seem like a really good group.
"I’ve met the manager and I’m really looking forward to working with him. It was a good first session and I know Steve has worked at top, top clubs, and the session he put on was very similar to ones I’ve had before. So it was very enjoyable."
The 20-year-old Blues youngster explained the role former Stamford Bridge man Steve Clarke played in his decision to put pen to paper at Reading, saying "He’s a very good manager and at this stage of my career I still feell like I’m learning and I need to be educated.
"He played a big part in my decision to come here, because I know that I can learn from him. So that was a big factor.
"The manager has asked a few things of me - he explained it to me clearly in training today. He wants me going forward, but also doing the defensive part of things – and he wants be to improve my all round game and to help the team pick up some points along the way."
Chalobah is eligible to make his Royals bow at Cardiff City on Saturday, if selected for our FA Cup Fourth Round clash against the Bluebirds this weekend, so the England under-21 international will look to settle in quickly at his new home.
"I know a few of the young lads here, I know Jordan Obita from England duty and I’ve played with Coxy and Jamie Mackie at Forest, so we had a good catch up in the changing room today.
"And if I’m selected on Saturday, I’ll be my first game representing the club...something I’m really looking forward to."