Salone-born defender joins Napoli


September 1, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leonean-born defender, Nathanial Chalobah, has joined Italian Serie A side Napoli on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 20 year-old, who was born in Sierra Leone before moving to England at the age of 7, has switched England for Italy to seek a new challenge.

Chalobah joined the Fulham academy in 2004 and signed for Chelsea in 2005. Before his loan move to Italy, the defender, who can also play as a midfielder, did not make a single competitive appearance for the English champions this season.

He was first sent on loan to Watford and Nottingham Forest respectively before moving on the same condition to Middlesbrough in 2014. And in the 2014-2015 league season, he joined Burnley and Reading and played a total of 19 games for both clubs.

The England U-21 international is still eligible to play for Sierra Leone, his country of birth, but whether that will ever happen is a matter of wait and see.

Chalobah has made over 100 appearances in English football.