England centre-back Callum Chambers have confirmed that he will return to parent club Arsenal this summer following an impressive loan spell with Middlesbrough last season.
The 22-year-old appeared in a total of 25 league outings for Boro, but he was unable to prevent the Riverside club from Premier League relegation.
Chambers played through all four games in the recent Under-21 European Championships where the Three Lions lost out on penalties to Germany in the semi-final stage. The England Under-20 side recently ended the nation’s long hunt for silverware but their older age counterparts failed to progress due to a familiar shoot-out exit.
In a brief interview on The Star, Chambers confirmed that he would return to the north London for pre-season duties after which he will gauge what the future paves for him, he said: “This season has been so important for me, playing games as a centre-back.The experience I have gained in that position just from playing is so valuable to me.I just feel it’s just pushed me on another level.I want to have a good tournament anyway and I’m focusing on here.If I have a good tournament it’s great and I’ll be going back to Arsenal for preseason and doing the best I can and seeing what happens.”
The former Southampton graduate has played at several positions at Arsenal including right-back and central midfield, but Arsene Wenger sees his future at centre-back, where he could potentially compete with Rob Holding. The Gunners are likely to start with the three at the back formation next season, and Chambers could get an opportunity after having been preferred ahead of Rob Holding at the Under 21 European Championships. Chambers suffered a foot injury midway through the previous campaign, and this restricted his opportunities during the backend of the Premier League season.