Chelsea legend Ashley Cole reveals Ben Chilwell sought him out for advice ahead of £50million move from Leicester

CHELSEA legend Ashley Cole has revealed that Ben Chilwell spoke to him and asked for advice before his big-money move from Leicester City.

Chilwell joined the Blues last summer for £50million – as the West London side splashed around £230million on new talent.

And appearing on Sky Sports as a pundit for England's Nations League match against Belgium on Sunday, Cole revealed he told the left-back to continue to work hard and to maintain a winning mentality.

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Cole said: "I think coming into a young team probably helped him, but from minute one, he was hungry to prove that he was good enough.

"That's what he said to me, that he wants to come here, hit the ground running, 'what do I have to do?'

"I said: ‘Listen, just keep working hard and want to play for the club, want to win,’ and straight away, he’s come in and done that.

"I think Chelsea look defensively better with him. Again, they have that better balance.

"I think he can handle the ball in every area – defensively, in the middle-third, he can deal with it and of course, attacking-wise, he can cross, he can shoot, he can combine. He’s got it all."


Chilwell started for the Three Lions against Belgium on Sunday night.

However, he was forced off through injury after just 38 minutes and was seen holding his back as he limped off the pitch.

The injury will leave Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sweating over his defender's fitness with the Blues facing Newcastle at St James's Park in their next game.

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