Ben Chilwell has spoken of his delight at becoming a Chelsea player, revealed the key role Frank Lampard played in persuading him to join and updated fans on his current injury.
The left-back completed his move from Leicester City earlier today, with the England international signing a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
No sooner had the ink dried on the contract, Chilwell sat down for his first interview as a Chelsea player and began by explaining how excited he is to be working under Lampard.
‘I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club and the manager played a massive part in me signing here,’ said Chilwell.
‘I think every player wants to play for a huge club in their career and I’m no different, but talking to Frank before I signed really made up my mind that I wanted to come and play here.
‘He installed a lot of confidence in me, he told me about the system he wants to play, how I’d fit into that and he just seemed a really good guy that you could talk to about anything. It’s important to have that relationship and trust with a manager and he’s also very keen on young players being given a chance.
‘We’ve seen that over the past season under Frank, he does play the younger players if they are good enough and just from speaking to him, I’m really excited to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
‘He told me about the system and of course I watched and played against Chelsea over the season, so I know what I’m coming into. I think the way the gaffer sets his teams up is just perfect for me and suits my game perfectly. I just can’t wait to get started and hopefully there are many great years to come.’
Chilwell’s name has often been linked with the Blues through numerous media outlets, so how did the latest addition to the squad, following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, handle the media speculation?
‘I tried not to listen to the speculation, I was just focused on giving my all for Leicester while I was there,’ expressed the left-back.
‘Testing myself at the next level is something I’ve wanted but while I was a Leicester player, my focus was solely there.
‘Obviously it’s a tough decision for me in the sense that I’m leaving behind a lot of good friends and it’s felt like home to me, as I’ve been there since I was 11 or 12. So in that respect it was difficult but for my career, it wasn’t a tough decision because you just have to look at what a great club Chelsea is. That made it a pretty straightforward and easy decision for me.
‘I remember coming here [to Chelsea] and playing in youth games and seeing what a huge club this is, even at that age. It was also a daunting thing, to come and play against Chelsea, so to be part of such an elite club is really exciting for me and I can’t wait to get started.’
The defender missed the final few games of Leicester’s campaign with a heel injury and before ending our interview, we asked Chilwell for the latest on that front.
‘I’m feeling really good,’ beamed the defender. ‘The injury is healing really well and I’ve been doing a lot of fitness work over the past four or five weeks.'