Several former Leicester City teammates have sent their messages to Ben Chilwell after the left-back completed his transfer to Chelsea on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Blues in a transfer reportedly worth £50million (Goal).
Having spent over a decade at Leicester, Chilwell admitted that it was tough to leave his teammates behind although, career-wise, he knew he felt he had to take the leap.
In his first interview with the club, he told Chelsea’s official website: “Obviously it’s a tough decision for me in the sense that I’m leaving behind a lot of good friends and it’s felt like home to me, as I’ve been there since I was 11 or 12.
“So in that respect it was difficult but for my career, it wasn’t a tough decision because you just have to look at what a great club Chelsea is.
“That made it a pretty straightforward and easy decision for me.”
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Absolutely buzzing to sign for @chelseafc . Really exciting time for the club, with such a good squad! Can’t wait to meet all of the lads and everyone around the building. Special thank you to the manager for the faith he has shown in me. A dream come true. Come on you blues 💙
A number of his former teammates at Leicester have had their say about Chilwell’s West London move.
England international James Maddison posted a video of his time alongside Chilwell with the caption: “Go well, my brother.”
— James Maddison (@Madders10) August 26, 2020
While Hamza Choudhury wrote on Instagram: “Losing some player, but a hell of a guy. Proud of you, bro. See you soon.”
Chilwell’s former Leicester teammate Danny Simpson, who now plays for Huddersfield, spoke about his first encounter with the new Chelsea signing.
“All the best in your new chapter, bro, you deserve it,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I will always remember the first day you joined with the first team, you were a left-back playing against me and you flew past me.
“Straight away, I knew you’d go right to the top.”
@BenChilwell all the best in your new chapter bro you deserve it. I will always remember the first day you joined in with the 1st team, you was left back playing against me and you flew past me. I thought whos this little shit lol. Straight away I knew you’d go right to the top💙 pic.twitter.com/yNF6SVKVvC
— Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson) August 26, 2020