ASHLEY COLE reckons he has “heard” Ben Chilwell is a Chelsea fan and is urging his former club to sign the Leicester left-back.
The Blues are on the hunt for a new defender when the transfer window reopens with Frank Lampard keen to replace Marcos Alonso and Emerson.
Spaniard Alonso has performed well in recent matches but is not seen as the long-term solution for manager Frank Lampard, who wants to build a young squad around British players.
So it is safe to say he knows a thing or two about what is takes to be a successful left-back – and he reckons Chilwell ticks the boxes.
Cole told the Daily Star: “I’d love to see him here. I think he’s a quality player, I’ve heard he’s a Chelsea fan so yes I’d like to see him here.
“It’s a big decision for the club but quality wise for sure he is good enough.
“But that depends on if he wants to leave or if Leicester will sell him – that’s something the clubs would need to talk about.
“There’s always going to be a question mark going to a bigger club, but he’s doing really, really well in terms of how he is playing with Leicester.
“He’s obviously enjoying the way Brendan [Rodgers] plays, and the system, he’s got that license to attack.
“In terms of quality, for sure he has the quality to be here.
“I definitely think they need to add to the squad in terms of strength in depth really. But they also have to keep going and get these younger guys some more game time, get them more experienced.”
Chilwell came through the Leicester academy and replaced Christian Fuchs as the first-choice left-back at the King Power.
Over the past year, his performances meant Gareth Southgate made him among his favoured left-backs in the Three Lions set up.
There was plenty of transfer interest in him last year with Manchester City linked with a move for the defender, thought to be valued around £60million.
Chelsea were also keen but were under a transfer embargo and could not secure a deal in January after Leicester sold Harry Maguire in the summer for a world-record fee.
Chilwell’s performances have dipped a little this term, though, and he faces competition from both Fuchs and James Justin, who arrived from Luton at the beginning of the season.
But even so, now Lampard is increasingly determined to land the Foxes star as soon as possible and has reportedly made him the club’s top target.
Cole officially retired in August after a short-term spell with Derby in 2019. He is now working with the Chelsea academy as the Under-15s’ coach.