Chalobah sent out on loan to Middlesbrough
The England Under-21 international spent almost three months with Nottingham Forest before returning to Stamford Bridge this week.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka worked for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and that appears to have helped him to lure 19-year-old Chalobah to Teesside for the rest of the season.
The defensive midfielder enhanced his reputation with a successful loan spell with Watford last term as they reached the play-off final.
His spell at Forest was not as productive, but Karanka will be hoping to get the best out of the teenager as his side aim to push for a play-off place.
Chalobah has not yet made a senior appearance for Premier League high-fliers Chelsea.