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Chelsea rejects bid from Leicester City for on-loan defender

Chelsea Leicester City, Six Sports

Chelsea and their loanees are always in the news. The Blues’ 19-year-old center-back Levi Colwill is now making the news who is on-loan at Huddersfield. Leicester City wants Colwill and even submitted a substantial bid to Chelsea. However, Chelsea have rejected the first approach from the Foxes, according to Graeme Bailey of Planet Sport. But Leicester have not yet given up and are believed to come again for Colwill in the summer with a new offer.

Chelsea’s loanees have done a brilliant job this time around. Colwill joins a host of players who are performing wonders on-loan from Chelsea. Striker Armando Broja and midfielder Conor Gallagher are also punching above their weight with Southampton and Crystal Palace respectively. As a result, Thomas Tuchel has decided to give them a chance next season with Chelsea.

Colwill may snub Chelsea for Leicester City

Levi Colwill would certainly want to make his name with Chelsea if given the opportunity. The defender has impressed with his loan spell and is on course to be rewarded with a Chelsea first-team spot next season. Moreover, Thomas Tuchel needs his defenders more than ever. Three of Chelsea’s first-team defenders are tipped to leave in the summer after their contracts expire. Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta are the names expected to make an exit. In such a situation Tuchel may look to introduce Levi Colwill in the Chelsea back-line. But regular game-time still remains a doubt for Colwill at Chelsea, which could be well guaranteed by Leicester City.

Leicester City have been hugely disappointed this season after a couple of sparking seasons. The Foxes’ defense has been a disaster this season which has kept them languishing in the bottom half of the table. Leicester are yet to reach double figures in games won, and moreover have let in 43 goals, more than relegation-threatened Burnley [32]. Colwill may not be the answer to Leicester’s leaking defense, but could well offer them solidity. Colwill has already played 22 games for Huddersfield this season, helping them keep 10 clean sheets, more than Leicester have managed altogether this season[5].

Given the situation, Brendan Rodgers could guarantee Colwill more of the playing-time than Tuchel and Chelsea. Colwill will face a huge competition at Chelsea, who will still be having Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, and Trevor Chalobah if Rudiger, Christensen, and Azpilicueta leave. Who doesn’t want to play as many games as possible in the Premier League? Leicester City could serve the teenager the same, while Chelsea may not.

Colwill could take-over from Jonny Evans

Veteran center-back Jonny Evans has been rock-solid in the Leicester defense since joining them in 2018. However, Evans has experienced a decline in his form since the start of the last season. Moreover, the center-back has spent the majority of this season on the sidelines recovering from injuries. Evans has missed 26 games for the Foxes this season, putting Rodgers in a tight situation. Leicester are certainly eyeing the Chelsea-loanee as Evans’ successor. And the thought is a good one too, given Colwill’s qualities and displays.

Colwill’s teammate at Huddersfield Lewis O’Brien has highly praised the England U-19 player while speaking to Yorkshire Live. O’Brien said, “When people like that come in, he’s a young player and your question is he going to perform? But he has stepped into the Championship unbelievably well. I’m sure he’s got a fantastic career ahead of him at the highest level.”

Levi Colwill is looking to finish the Championship season with Huddersfield on a high and return back to Chelsea. Tuchel now has a lot of decisions to make in the summer, and Colwill’s role could also be addressed given Leicester City are bound to return for him. At just 19, Colwill will want to play as many games as possible, be it at Chelsea or Leicester City.

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