Ex-Leicester City player Matt Elliott, The Athletic’s Leicester City reporter Rob Tanner and The Athletic’s analytics writer Tom Worville discussed all the latest goings-on with the Foxes during the most recent edition of the 5000/1 podcast and one of the topics of discussion that came up during the show is the future of Ben Chilwell amid reports linking the left-back with a move to Chelsea.
Recent reports have claimed that Chelsea have ‘made the breakthrough’ in talks for the England international and they are said to be ‘optimistic they can conclude a £50 million deal’ for the 23-year-old.
However, during this recent edition of The Athletic’s 5000/1 podcast, Elliott revealed that he believes Chilwell will be at the King Power Stadium for the 2020/21 campaign.
The former Leicester City defender said: “Personally, I still think Ben himself has got a bit of development to go yet. Obviously he’s an England regular, it seems bizarre to say that he’s still in that development process, but I feel he hasn’t reached his heights yet or his maximum potential with Leicester yet.
“For that reason, and the fact that Leicester are obviously keen to keep him, I’d like to think that he will stay for the near future at the very least.”
Would you take £50m for Ben Chilwell?
As per WhoScored, Chilwell earned a positive overall rating of 6.96 from his 27 Premier League appearances last season. The Foxes full-back made the fourth-highest number of key passes (1.3) and completed the sixth-highest number of tackles (1.6) per game of any Foxes player in the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign, according to the stats website.
With that in mind, it may be fair to say that Chilwell enjoyed a positive 2019/20 season at the King Power Stadium and Leicester supporters may be pleased by Elliott’s opinion that Chilwell “will stay” at Leicester “for the near future.”
However, according to Transfermarkt, the left-back is valued at £36m at present and if Chelsea are prepared to pay £50m for him this summer, then it may be understandable if the Foxes are tempted to sell him despite his impressive performances during the most recent Premier League campaign.