Leicester star ignores Tottenham interest to sign new deal

Date published: Sunday 21st October 2018 10:23

England left-back Ben Chilwell has signed a new long-term contract at Leicester, the Premier League club have announced.

The 21-year-old has progressed through the youth academy to become a first-team regular at the King Power Stadium and has been an ever-present in the Premier League for Claude Puel’s side this season.

He has impressed enough to be linked with Tottenham, with Arsenal and Liverpool previously having lodged bids.

Chilwell also broke into Gareth Southgate’s England side earlier this month and started in Nations League matches in Croatia and Spain.

Chilwell told LCFC.com: “Leicester’s always felt like the right place for me. I’ve had fantastic support at every level since I arrived nine years ago and I’ve always felt opportunities would come if I continued to work hard. That’s a great feeling to have as a young player.

“The club has really big, long-term plans and it’s really exciting to know that I’m going to be part of that.

“We’ve got a great squad with quite a youthful core so there’s a real opportunity for us to push on and achieve something together in the coming years.”

Leicester boss Puel said: “It’s great news for the club. Ben is an exciting young player with huge potential who is already learning and improving by playing regular Premier League football.

“If he continues to work hard he will become a valuable player for us and I hope for the England team.

“He is already an example for the young players of our academy, highlights the excellent work within it and validates the project of the club.”

 

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