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Ben Chiwell proves Frank Lampard right in helping Chelsea win champions league

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One player who Lampard did convince the Chelsea hierarchy to sign last summer, however, was Ben Chilwell.

A deal worth up to £50million was agreed for the left-back who arrived from Leicester City in August.

then after the two returned to Chelsea a year later – the midfielder was always trusted, always given opportunities to shine no matter the stage or opposition.

Then there is Declan Rice. Lampard was desperate to bring the West Ham United star to Stamford Bridge for the best part of a year but Chelsea were unwilling to sanction a big-money move for the 22-year-old who was released by the Blues at the age of 14.

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Somewhat ironically, that could change this summer with Thomas Tuchel a fan of Rice and Manchester United and Manchester City also supposedly interested in his services.

Chilwell’s signing was not a universally popular one among the Chelsea fanbase. Many wanted the club to instead bring in the blisteringly-quick Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

The Spaniard would eventually go on to join Tottenham Hotspur.

Lampard knew better, however. And time has certainly proved him right for pushing so hard to secure the services of the England international.

Chilwell settled instantly into the Chelsea side following his arrival and was one of the Blues’ most consistent performers during the first half of the campaign. There were a couple of shaky displays in January, but then that’s when Lampard’s side were struggling for confidence and results.

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The appointment of Tuchel created a challenge for Chilwell. The German’s decision to utilise a system with wing-backs brought Marcos Alonso, frozen out by Lampard, very much back into the fold.

During the early weeks of the Tuchel tenure, it was the Spaniard who was first-choice in the role.

“My whole career I’ve been more used to playing left-back than left wing-back,” the 24-year-old admitted in March.

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