Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is reportedly on the verge of signing a new long-term contract, which will keep him at the club until 2027, fending off interest from Premier League champions Manchester City. Chilwell, 26, has become an integral part of the Blues’ defense since joining from Leicester City in 2020 for £50 million.

Chilwell is just halfway through his initial five-year contract, but the current Chelsea administration is keen on securing long-term deals for key players, avoiding situations where players enter the final two years of their contracts with increased negotiating power. The left-back’s new contract will extend his stay at Stamford Bridge from 2025 until 2027.

The England international has made 19 Premier League appearances this season, despite struggling with injuries, including a serious knee injury in late 2021 and a hamstring issue that ruled him out of the 2022 World Cup. Chilwell returned to the field in February 2023 and has since featured in every Chelsea match. His performances have caught the attention of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who is looking to bolster his squad with a new left-back following the departures of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo.

Chilwell’s new contract will likely deter Manchester City’s interest and secure his long-term future with the Blues. The defender has already won a Champions League title with Chelsea and will be aiming to achieve further success at the club.

Chelsea, currently sitting 11th in the Premier League table, has experienced a turbulent period, with Frank Lampard stepping in as interim manager after Graham Potter’s departure. Lampard’s tenure began with a 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the team remains focused on their upcoming Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. This match represents Chelsea’s last opportunity to claim silverware in an otherwise challenging season.

The west London club is expected to undergo further changes in the summer, with Lampard likely to be replaced by a permanent head coach and new signings arriving, as well as player departures. Amid this uncertainty, Chilwell’s contract extension offers a positive development for the club and its supporters.

Since his arrival from Leicester City, Chilwell has scored nine goals in 80 matches across all competitions and has earned 18 senior international caps. He is currently competing with Luke Shaw for a starting spot in the England national team for the upcoming Euro 2024, provided they qualify.

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