New Chelsea signing Ben Chilwell says speaking with Frank Lampard helped to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.
The England international moved from Leicester City to the London Club on Wednesday, signing a 5-year-deal for a reported fee of £50 million plus add ons.
And Chiwell who in his most recent campaign at the King Power Stadium featured on 33 occasions for Brendan Rodgers’ side, scoring three goals as the Foxes finished fifth, says Lampard’s eagerness to bring him across London was a key part of his decision to move.
‘I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club and the manager played a massive part in me signing here,’ said Chilwell.
‘I think every player wants to play for a huge club in their career and I’m no different, but talking to Frank before I signed really made up my mind that I wanted to come and play here.
‘He installed a lot of confidence in me, he told me about the system he wants to play, how I’d fit into that and he just seemed a really good guy that you could talk to about anything. It’s important to have that relationship and trust with a manager and he’s also very keen on young players being given a chance.
‘We’ve seen that over the past season under Frank, he does play the younger players if they are good enough and just from speaking to him, I’m really excited to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
‘He told me about the system and of course I watched and played against Chelsea over the season, so I know what I’m coming into. I think the way the gaffer sets his teams up is just perfect for me and suits my game perfectly. I just can’t wait to get started and hopefully there are many great years to come.’
Chilwell made over 120 appearances for Leicester City since his debut as an 18-year-old back in October 2015.