Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has attracted the attention of Premier League giants recently. This came subsequent to eye-catching performances in a double-header with Tottenham in the FA Cup third round earlier this month.
The Foxes held Tottenham 2-2 at White Hart Lane in the original tie but failed to progress to the fourth round after a 2-0 defeat in the replay. Chilwell featured in both clashes, playing the full ninety minutes for City. Despite two impressive performances, Christian Fuchs was still Ranieri’s first choice when Leicester faced Aston Villa and Stoke City in the league following the FA Cup meetings.
The Milton Keynes-born defender only played once before the Spurs meetings which came against Hull City in the League Cup back in October. Chilwell has been grabbing the headlines this month, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly interested in snapping up the defender according to the Daily Mail. However, due to the lack of game time at Leicester, a step up to a club of their calibre may not be the most beneficial decision.
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For a 19-year-old to attract so much attention from big names, it comes as a shock that he has only featured for Leicester three times - all in the cup. Arsenal seem frontrunners to land the left-back in the summer if he is reluctant to sign a new contract extension at the King Power stadium. However, without a single Premier League game under his belt and a £4 million price tag hanging over his head, it will undoubtedly be a huge risk to sign for such club like Arsenal.
Alternatively, signing an extension with Leicester could see him gain more experience and increase the interest from the clubs he’d no doubt prefer to move to in the future. City are determined to keep hold of the 19-year-old and despite temptations from the likes of Arsenal, Chilwell must stay at Leicester to prove his worth before considering departing.
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There is a high chance the youngster could continue to find himself playing for the under 21’s rather than the first team for the remainder of the campaign but signing a new Leicester contract will no doubt earn him more time to improve his credentials, gather more first team experience gradually and raise his chances of securing a move to one of the big guns in the future.