Chilwell joins ‘young, dynamic’ and free-spending Chelsea

Matt Stead
Ben Chilwell Leicester City Chelsea

Chelsea have announced the signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester on a five-year deal.

The England left-back’s capture for £45m is Blues manager Frank Lampard’s third major signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.

Chilwell, who made his Leicester debut aged 18 in October 2015, said on Chelsea’s website: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.

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“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.

“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”

Chilwell is expected to be followed quickly by free agent Malang Sarr and centre-half Thiago Silva, who has agreed terms on a lucrative contract upon the expiration of his deal with PSG.

Kai Havertz remains a key target.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very pleased to have completed our third addition to our exciting squad for the coming season.

“Ben brings plenty of top-level experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level, despite his young age.

“We are confident Ben will adapt very quickly to being a Chelsea player and with the fixture programme for 2020/21 especially busy, he is a fantastic addition to the squad needed to challenge for honours.”