‘This is not the end’ — Message fired to Ben Chilwell

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Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell was a key player under former boss Frank Lampard, as he had an unrivalled role under the former Chelsea manager.

Chilwell was undisputed number one in the left-back position having joined from Leicester City for £50m over the summer.

The 23-year-old started out well at Chelsea with fine attacking displays from the left flank, but his form seems to have dropped in recent games.

New boss Thomas Tuchel has since switched to a 3-4-2-1 system and makes use of wing-backs, a role that hasn’t really suited Chilwell.

Marcos Alonso now seems to be number one in the left wing-back role for Chelsea, and Chilwell will be keen on regular play time so he can make the England squad for the Euros this summer. Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is having a good season and will most likely provide competition for that position.

Meanwhile, Tuchel has now sent message to Chilwell that he has him in his plans and declared that it’s not the end for him.

Tuchel said: “It’s possible that [Chilwell] thinks a lot about this situation, hopefully not too much because he can have trust in himself first of all, and he can trust us as staff that we will keep on pushing and we will find possibilities to reward him.

“He showed a good performance in Sheffield which was very important for him and for the team, but sometimes it takes a little bit of time and there are hard decisions at the moment in clubs like Chelsea with a squad of 23 players.

“It’s my job to not lose these players, and to help them not to lose their trust, and if he keeps on going he’s a fantastic guy and he has a lot of potential and we will find possibilities for him to be on the pitch.

“At the same time, we wanted to have a start where we are fair to everybody and we don’t judge nobody by the amount of money that the club has spent, but to give everybody the feeling that this is a fresh start.

“If Marcos is in the moment the guy who took a bit the advantage of this situation, yes, but this is not the end for Chilly’s development, for sure.”

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