According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Ben Chilwell could be set for a move away from Leicester City in the near future. The England international has come up through the ranks at the King Power Stadium and has made a name for himself in the first team in recent times, in turn helping him become a regular in the England set-up in the last few months.
And reports suggest that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are eyeing up a move for the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), a deal which Leicester simply cannot sanction if they harbour any ambitions of challenging for Europe this term, and in years to come.
Ultimately, Claude Puel’s Foxes are one of those select few sides that are highly unlikely to go down but probably won’t compete with the top six teams over the course of the Premier League season, as evidenced by their ninth place finish last term, and the fact they sit ninth this time round.
However, the ‘best of the rest’ tag has yielded Europa League football in recent times for both Everton and Burnley, given they finished seventh in the division, and the Foxes simply must be targeting that effort in a bid to get back into European football, having had a taste of it in the Champions League just a matter of years ago.
But for the Midlands outfit to move forward under Puel and thus stake a claim for a European place, they simply have to retain their best players – of which Chilwell is certainly one.
The 21-year-old has proven to be an absolute revelation for the Foxes in recent times since becoming the number one left back at the expense of title-winner Christian Fuchs, appearing 70 times in all for Leicester, all at the tender age of 21.
And with starts in all 16 of their Premier League matches so far this season, in which time he has laid on two assists, it’s clear just how integral Chilwell is to things down the left-hand-side at the King Power Stadium – there’s a reason the club tied him down to an improved contract earlier this term.
And in making the England left back spot his own in recent months, having started their last four games, the 21-year-old clearly has a very bright future in the game, but is also the sort of player Leicester need presently to bridge the gap to the division’s best sides.
Yes, City have the financial power to convince Chilwell of a move to the Etihad Stadium, but if Leicester are serious about moving to the next level in the years to come, they simply cannot be in the business of selling their best players – Chilwell certainly falls into that category.
Thus, if they are to lose the 21-year-old to Guardiola’s side in the near future, they can wave goodbye to a possible European assault.
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