Conor Gallagher says West Bromwich Albion were stand-out option over rival Premier League clubs after agreeing a season-long loan at the Hawthorns.
The England Under-21 international signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea shortly before the loan switch to the Baggies was confirmed.
Leeds United had wanted to sign the 20-year-old.
But it was experiences on the pitch during successful loan spells with Championship sides Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last season which persuaded Gallagher to opt for Slaven Bilic’s side over Marcelo Bielsa’s.
“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League, which is where I wanted to play this season, but this is where I want to be,” he told Albion’s website.
“West Brom stood out to me because of the way they played last season. I played against them two or three times and I liked how they approached the game.
“I felt that it would suit me and it would be best for my development. I felt it could help me become the player I want to be and I’m pleased to get this agreement sorted.”
Gallagher has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues, but the long-term contract underlined how much the academy star is valued at Stamford Bridge.
He added: “I like to think I’m a box-to-box player but I’m also versatile.
“I like to think that I can play wherever in midfield and look to create chances and try to chip in with goals too. I hope I’ve got a lot to offer.”