Calum Chambers believes that getting regular football next season is ‘vital’ for his development as a young player.
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Chambers has revealed that he wants to be getting consistent minutes on the pitch next season, amid rumours that Arsenal could be loaning him out again or evening selling him this summer.
“This season, personally for me, I was a bit frustrated I couldn’t help keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League,” Chambers told talkSPORT.
“Going there and doing a year on loan with them, it’s a great club; the players all welcomed me in really well.
“I had a thoroughly enjoyable year there; I played regularly and got some valuable experiences that I’m gaining from.
“In this tournament I feel the experiences I got this year and the game time I got this year are helping me and I want to take that forward.
“Next season I want to do the same. I want to play football, and I think it’s vital at this age – as a young player – to play as many games as possible to get experience.”
Last season, the 22-year-old made 26 appearances while on loan at Middlesbrough despite being sidelined for 65 days though injury.
The defender, who’s also enjoyed a decent campaign away with England’s youth squad at the UEFA European u21 Championships, has been given a taste of what it’s like to play in the Premier League week in, week out, and it’s understandable that he wants to maintain that consistency if he’s going to continue to develop.
Arsenal only signed Chambers from Southampton for a reported £16m in 2014, which means the England u21 international still has three years left on his current deal in north London.
Everton, Newcastle, and even his former club, the Saints, appear to all be interested in bringing Chambers on board. Whether that’s permanently or on loan remains to be seen.