Ben Chilwell hinted at a possible motivating factor behind his decision to join Chelsea after completing his £50m transfer from Leicester City.
The England full-back became The Blues’ number one target in the left-back position.
The Foxes had no desire to sell, but their lack of Champions League football next season reportedly left them feeling a sale would become inevitable.
A figure closer to the £80m paid for Harry Maguire last summer had originally been touted, but Chelsea ultimately managed to pull off the coup for £50m.
Chilwell becomes Chelsea’s third major signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Frank Lampard’s men are expected to challenge for major honours in the upcoming season, something Chilwell hinted was a factor behind the switch.
The 23-year-old told The Blues’ official website: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.
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“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.
“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”
Centre-back set for medical
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s back-line appears set to be bolstered even further with PSG veteran Thiago Silva set to undergo a medical.
The Brazilian, 35, has been one of the most capable and consistent central defenders in world football over the last decade.
Silva is reportedly ‘due in West London’ for a medical tomorrow ahead of his impending free agent move.