It appears very likely that Ben Chilwell will leave Leicester City this summer, despite what Brendan Rodgers says. Whether Manchester United or Chelsea buy him is the question.
I’m not sure if you’re aware of this fact or not, but Brendan Rodgers actually said the same about Harry Maguire transfer speculation around this time last year as he has recently about Leicester defender Ben Chilwell.
Maguire ended up moving to Manchester United – the team which beat the Foxes to Champions League football by the slimmest of margins this past campaign – after the Northern Irishman said he was relaxed about rumours surrounding the Sheffield-born player’s future. Rodgers also said his then star centre-back was not for sale.
Over the last couple of weeks, both statements have been similarly made by the gaffer about his left-back. There are no concrete bids for Chilwell reported as of yet, although there was suggestions of Leicester and Chelsea negotiating a deal for a while now.
Two EPL sides want Leicester City star
That comparison leaves Leicester City fans with one insight: you can’t trust managers with regards to their transfer stances or opinions. Basically Rodgers is in an awkward position so this isn’t criticism, either. If Chilwell eventually stays, the athlete wants to be reassured his boss supports him. Therefore Rodgers’ hands are tied.
The ambiguous nature of supposed switches automatically leads to equivocal answers from all representatives of clubs. Until a cheesy social media video announces an arrival, then it’s bombastic for over 24 hours.
Regardless of the outcome, for now the Fox has a decision with enormous implications to ponder. Apparently United also want his signature, just like Maguire’s. The Blues will have stiff competition if this is the case. If £60 million is offered, the King Power side should accept and put their trust into Luke Thomas; who is incidentally not much younger than his counterpart when he rose to prominence in the senior team.