Ben Chilwell to tell Leicester he wants to quit to secure Chelsea transfer
Ben Chilwell plans to tell Leicester this week that he wants to quit for Chelsea.
Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard is keen to add England left-back Chilwell to his squad for next term.
Chilwell, 23, has been at Leicester since aged 12 and is under contract until 2024.
But Mirror Sport understands the attacking full-back sees his long-term future at Chelsea.
His decision is not just a reflection on Leicester finishing fifth and missing out on Champions League qualification behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
His intention to move is based upon where he sees himself playing for the next five-six years.
Chilwell also wants to nail down the England left-back spot going into next summer's rescheduled Euros after 11 caps so far.
His decision will be a blow to Foxes' boss Brendan Rodgers but not necessarily a surprise.
Rodgers said recently he was “relaxed” about the future of Chilwell.
It was precisely the same phrase Rodgers used last summer when Manchester United came calling for Harry Maguire.
Maguire subsequently got his move for £80million, a world-record fee for a defender.
Chelsea will have to dig very deep as well to persuade Leicester to part with Chilwell too.
The Foxes' Thai owners are hugely wealthy and under no pressure to sell.
But the club is moving to a new £100million training ground this year and want to utilise their academy talent under Rodgers.
Chilwell missed Leicester's last five matches this term with a foot injury and was replaced by England U19 full-back Luke Thomas for the last three games.
His potential exit will be a blow to close-pal James Maddison, 23, but the star is expected to stay this summer on improved terms.
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