When Antonio Conte first took charge of Chelsea, one of the main points he made was that he intended to use the youth players at his disposal.
Whilst Jose Mourinho had said something similar when he returned and didn’t quite live up to his promise, the Italian has so far kept his word and looked to give Chelsea’s youth a chance.
Players like Nathaniel Chalobah, Ola Aina and even Ruben Loftus-Cheek have seen their game time and first-team exposure increase this season.
To add to the young feel of the side, Conte recently recalled defender Nathan Ake from his Bournemouth loan deal. The Dutch defender will no doubt provide a useful cover option in a number of positions.
One player who was particularly happy to see Ake come back was Nathaniel Chalobah, who played alongside Ake in Chelsea’s youth teams.
The midfielder posted a video on his Snapchat alongside the defender welcoming him back whilst also delightfully joking around about Chelsea’s “new signing”.
Check out the video below:
Nathaniel Chalobah delighted to see Nathan Ake back at Chelsea! pic.twitter.com/imsYlvTMQs
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) January 10, 2017