Ben Chilwell says he ‘idolised’ Chelsea boss Frank Lampard growing up and reveals legendary midfielder was the reason he made the move to Stamford Bridge ahead of Premier League debut against Crystal Palace
- Ben Chilwell says Frank Lampard influenced his decision to join Chelsea
- The left back made the £50million switch from Leicester to London this summer
- Chilwell said he idolised the legendary midfielder when he was growing up
- The defender is set to make his Premier League debut for the Blues on Saturday
Chilwell was one of Lampard’s top transfer targets and eventually made the £50million switch from Leicester to London in August.
Born in 1996, the left back grew up watching Lampard star for Chelsea and England but admitted he never imagined that he would one day play under the legendary midfielder.
Ben Chilwell said Frank Lampard was the driving force behind his decision to sign for Chelsea
The left back revealed he idolised the former Blues and England midfielder growing up
‘I used to watch England play in the international breaks and, when I was younger, it was more just enjoying watching them,’ Chilwell told Sky Sports.
‘They had a lot of great players, including the gaffer, but it never crossed my mind that I might play under him in the future!
‘I used to enjoy watching him play, he was a great footballer and that was obviously a big reason for me coming here, playing under someone I idolised, watched and respected growing up.’
Chilwell said he never imagined he would play under the legendary midfielder in the future
The defender has also reached out to former Blues’ left back Ashley Cole, who won nine trophies alongside Lampard including the Premier League and Champions League.
‘Coming to Chelsea, as well as talking to the manager, a big factor for me was Ashley Cole, seeing the career he had here. I want to emulate that,’ he added.
‘To have someone like that who’s played for Chelsea and English, it was important for me. I spoke to my agent because I was quite keen to meet him and get to know him, pick his brains about what Chelsea means to him as a club and how he reached the success he reached here.
‘Like I said, I was quite keen to have that chat with Frank to find out stuff like that too. I’m going to work as hard as I can over the next few years to emulate what he’s done here.’
Chilwell is yet to make his Premier League debut after arriving at Chelsea with an injury but he played 66 minutes in the Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham on Tuesday and could be in line for his first start against Crystal Palace this weekend.
The defender is set to make his Premier League debut for the Blues against Crystal Palace