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Ben Chilwell is looking to follow in the footsteps of Ashley Cole at Chelsea.
Ben Chilwell was coveted by Chelsea throughout last season, and specifically by Frank Lampard to be his first choice left-back.
This summer Chelsea were offered several players for that position but the Blues decided to put all the eggs in the Chilwell basket and
eventually signed him, despite the 23-year-old carrying an injury.
Chilwell joined all the other summer signings in talking up Lampard’s crucial role in his switch from Leicester for West London.
In a press conference chilwell said
“I spoke to the manager and straight away got that feeling that you want to play for him and you want to win for him.
He won a lot of silverware here and I think it’s important to play for a manager that loves the club I’m joining and
knows what it takes to win trophies here.
“That has been a big reason why a lot of the players have joined.
His man-management seems top, even the boys who aren’t playing will say that as well, and tactically he’s very good.
He just seems like a really good guy who you want to do well for and that was the main reason I wanted to come.”
Chilwell also paid tribute to another Chelsea legend who played a big role in the decision,
and for whom Chelsea have been trying to find a successor ever since he left in 2013.
Chilwell told reporters of his bid to emulate the former Blues and Three Lions star:
“Seeing the career that he [Cole] had here, obviously I wanted to emulate that, and still do.
To have someone like that who has played for Chelsea, who’s English, it was important for me.
“I spoke to my agent because I was quite keen on getting to meet him.
I just wanted to get to know him and pick his brains on what he thought of Chelsea as a club,
how he reached the success that he reached here.
“I was quite keen to have that chat to find out things like that.
Obviously I’m going to work as hard as I can over the next however many years to try and
emulate what he’s done here.”
Chilwell added on the advice that Cole offered:
“He just said: ‘Work hard’. I know it sounds pretty cliched, but he said the fans love players here who just want to work hard and who want to die for the badge.
“He said when he first came here he wanted to win for the club, he loved playing for Chelsea, and he said if I can take that on board, wanting to really love the club and to win for it, then I should have a great career here.”