Ben Chilwell has assured Leicester and the fans that he has ‘no regrets’ over rejecting an opportunity to play for now European champions Liverpool.
Before signing Andrew Robertson, Liverpool were interested in Chilwell, who was just a teenager at the time and not a first-team regular at Leicester.
Chilwell established himself in Leicester’s defence after their title-winning season in 2015-16 and now as a England regular, he has gone on to become one of the best left-backs in the league.
Speaking to Sky Sports, as cited on the Metro, Chilwell said:
I was 17 at the time. My agent was the one dealing with it all, talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation.
At the time, I was trying to break into the U21 team at Leicester so I was just focused on getting into that and progressing into the first team here. Definitely no regrets. When I look at how the last four or five years have gone, starting eight games now for the England team is something I’m very happy with.
Leicester was the right place for me to be at the time and the older players have helped me a lot. The staff have kept me grounded. Definitely no regrets.
Chilwell will come face-to-face with Liverpool and Robertson on Saturday, where he will look to help end their opponent’s perfect start to the season, and he is clearly feeling confident ahead of the huge match:
Their three front players are electric and it’s very difficult to stop them. But as a team hopefully we can try to counter that. If we can have some possession, then we can stop them being so prolific.
Although Chilwell could have been in possesion of a Champions League medal right now, it is no surprise that he has no regrets about his decision; the feeling around Leicester City right now is the best it has been since that famous title-winning season, and there is lots of talk about Leicester finishing in the top six this season.