Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Levi Colwill has signed a new six-year contract, with an option for a further year, for a total of seven years.

An academy graduate who started training with Chelsea at the age of eight, Colwill has established himself as one of the standout young central defenders in European football and this summer helped England win the European Under-21 Championship.

The 20-year-old has featured throughout pre-season under head coach Mauricio Pochettino and has now extended his stay at Stamford Bridge.

‘It’s always been an easy decision,’ said Colwill. ‘As I’ve grown up, all I’ve known is Chelsea. I’ve spoken with the manager and he’s given me reassurance, that trust I needed. He’s spoken with me not just as a player but a person. It’s made a big difference.’

Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: ‘Levi is an outstanding player who has risen to every challenge in his career so far. We are thrilled he will remain at Chelsea for years to come.

‘His journey from academy to first team is testament to his talent, dedication, and determination. Everyone at the club is now looking forward to watching him thrive at Stamford Bridge in the seasons ahead.’

Colwill signed with Chelsea as an Under-9 and progressed through the academy ranks at Cobham. He became a regular for the Under-18s during the curtailed 2019/20 campaign and featured five times for the Development Squad.

He became a fixture in the Development Squad defence the following season despite only being 17 years old for much of the campaign. Colwill’s defensive instincts and smart use of the ball stood out and he earned a loan move to Championship side Huddersfield Town ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Colwill needed little time to adapt to the men’s game. He made 32 appearances in all competitions for Huddersfield, who reached the Championship play-off final. The Terriers were narrowly beaten by Nottingham Forest at Wembley.

After training with the Chelsea first-team squad last summer Colwill continued his development on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion. He made 22 appearances for the Seagulls and impressed in the heart of defence. The defender helped the club to sixth, their best-ever Premier League finish.

He then joined up with the England Under-21 squad and was part of a defence that didn’t concede a single goal on route to claiming the European Championship. Colwill was subsequently named in the Team of the Tournament by UEFA.

Congratulations, Levi!