Ben Chilwell receives Chelsea transfer warning

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell and is keen on signing the England international this summer.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has warned Chilwell that the grass is not always greener when a player leaves Leicester City for a ‘Big Six’ club.

Schmeichel believes Leicester are breaking up the established ‘Big Six’ clubs.

“We have had N’Golo and Riyad (leave) — N’Golo had a buy-out clause which was unfortunate for us — but when you look at the squad here there’s a lot of players who choose to stay here,” said Schmeichel, as cited by Daily Mail.

“Jamie Vardy could have moved (when he turned down Arsenal in 2016). He chose to stay here, it’s a project that he wants to be part of. I’ve stayed here for many years. It’s a project that I like being part of.

“It’s a case of looking at the opportunities that come along and you ask yourself: ‘Is this going to be better for me? Am I going to improve myself as a keeper? The grass is not always greener on the other side.

“It is about recognising what you do have and being grateful for what you do have. What I have here is a club that took me in at a time during my career when I felt so unwelcome and they made me feel so wanted. From what we have done together, it’s created a unique bond.

“Speaking to other players around the league, no other club communicates like we do. This club makes you feel valued, it makes you feel special. All the highs and lows we have had together it’s become very much like family. I haven’t seen a relationship between owners, players and staff anywhere like you have here.

“When we play Chelsea with N’Golo or Riyad with Manchester City, these players always come into our dressing-room afterwards and they always say: ‘Yeah, it’s great where we are, but we miss the people and the spirit at Leicester’.”

He added: “English football’s history is so rich and the size of the clubs around, the so-called big six, are so big that it is difficult to break into that for a club like Leicester.

“But when you look at the structures, the parameters we are working within and are in place. This club is run like a top club. With time, I believe we can get there. We have the best manager we could possibly have. The best owner we could possibly have.

“Everything is in place for us to kick on. We will soon have one of the best training grounds in Europe, if not the world. Expansion plans for the stadium are in place. Everything is there for us to kick on and become one of the bigger clubs. For us, we need to continue the work we are doing. Everything is going in the right direction.”

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