Levi Colwill has been left very impressed by Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea – and is now ready to commit himself to the Blues for years.
That is according to Football London.
What’s the story?
Well, Chelsea have been bombarded with interest in the England Under-21 international this summer.
Brighton have made two bids – worth £30m and then £40m – for Colwill, while Football London add that Liverpool asked about the central defender on two occasions.
Now – however – the Chelsea academy graduate is close to signing a new contract, largely thanks to Pochettino.
Football London believe Colwill has been left seriously impressed by the Argentine, and was particularly moved by the South American’s philosophy, personality, as well as his long-term plans for Chelsea.
The 20-year-old is now close to signing a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth £100,000-a-week, to recognise his rapid development.
Colwill made excellent progress while on loan at Brighton last season, helping the Seagulls qualify for the UEFA Europa League, while also playing a crucial role as England won the Under-21 European Championships this summer.
Levi Colwill contract is massive for Chelsea
Losing a defender of this quality, one who is also just 20 years of age, would have been a significant blow for Chelsea this summer – especially after Wesley Fofana ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
So, for Chelsea to now have Colwill tied down until 2029 is a major bit of business, one which is just as important as a new signing, if not more.
The Southampton-born wonderkid is now likely to start in Chelsea’s backline for the foreseeable future, and in terms of profile, the Blues have a very rare player.
Left-footed central defenders who can pass the ball like a central midfielder do not grow on trees, and Chelsea fans should be hugely excited by what the future holds for Colwill, alongside other defensive gems such as Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi.