“It was like I was dead or something!” – Chilwell reflects on Leicester’s emotional departure and Chelsea’s new friendships

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The Blues full-back explained his reaction to a video of former teammate James Maddison that featured a tough decision

Chelsea’s new £ 50million ($ 65million) signing Ben Chilwell has explained how difficult it is to leave Leicester City this summer, but the defender has said he now aims to tie up new ones friendships at Stamford Bridge.The 23-year-old full-back was revealed to the media after making his first start against Tottenham and spoke about the decision to leave Leicester, his 11-year-old club which gave him his first chance in the game.

Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers finally gave Chilwell his blessing to move as the left-back described his emotional exit from King Power Stadium for the first time.

“After that I had conversations with my agent and the process went smoothly here,” said Chilwell. “It was done, Leicester was good and I got off here pretty quickly.

“I knew I was having a great conversation with Brendan Rodgers and he said it would be a good thing for my career to come here. This will take me to the next level.

“He said Chelsea were the perfect club for me. He said he desperately wanted me to stay at Leicester too but it was a good club for me to come and improve.

“He didn’t have enough good things to say about the club, having been here himself. It was a mixture of emotions but it was the best thing for me and the excitement got over it. ”

One of Chilwell’s best friends in football is James Maddison, who posted a video of the couple together at King Power Stadium.

“I felt moved, yes,” Chilwell continued. “It was pretty funny because when he posted it, I think I actually got more messages from that video than about the move itself. It went pretty well, didn’t it?

“Although a few people texted me saying it was like I was dead or something. It looked like this kind of video. It was difficult to leave. When I have friends like that I’m so close like James it makes it a little bit harder.

“But, we keep in touch, we talk almost every day. Just general stuff, how he’s doing and how I’m doing. He knows this is the best thing for my career and there is no one happier than him. [for me]. We are still good friends and will continue to be. “

Yet with his confident personality, Chilwell seems to have fitted in well with Cobham’s players and has already struck up a friendship with his new signatory Hakim Ziyech.

Chilwell already knew many England players, such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, from their time with the national team and he said adjusting to his new environment has been easy.

“I had known seven or eight of the boys here for years now. Even Tammy, Mase, Ruben, I played against them when I was 14, 15, ”he added. I didn’t know them personally at the time, but we’ve known each other for a long time.

“And then in the younger age groups in England we started playing together and luckily we are all lucky to be part of the first team in England as well.

“So when I go to England it was nice to get a feel for what it’s like here as a club, and in the Champions League too, everyone always wants to wonder what football is like. the Champions League. So this definitely helped me settle in. many, knowing quite a few boys here. ”

Chilwell is set to make his first Premier League appearance for the Blues against Crystal Palace this weekend after a row between Frank Lampard and Marcos Alonso last week.



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