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Leicester City's Ben Chilwell appears set to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions despite being linked with a move to Liverpool.
Former club: CSKA Moscow. Fee: £16m. Becoming Leicester's record transfer in July, the Nigerian striker is considered to be even faster than road-runner Jamie Vardy.
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Liverpool have so far recruited Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Sadio Mane, Ragnar Klavan, Alex Manninger and more recently Georginio Wijnaldum, while Leicester have signed Ron-Robert Zieler, Luis Hernandez, Raul Uche, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa.
On 19 November 2015, he joined Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town on a youth loan until 3 January 2016. He made his début in the 2–0 loss to Middlesbrough on 28 November 2015.
New club: Released. Fee: None. The experienced shot-stopper may have won a second Premier League title winners' medal last season but he played a minimal role.
The reigning Premier champs are currently in Los Angeles preparing to face PSG on Saturday but a club statement confirmed Liverpool have been left empty handed.
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The Foxes signed Demarai Gray from Birmingham City for £3.75m in part because of the manner in which the left-sided winger linked up with Chilwell on the flank while on duty for England at youth-level.
“He has all the attributes you would want in a defender and shows a lot of maturity for a player of just 19.
The development represents a blow for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who had identified Chilwell as a priority signing in January.
Leicester consider Chilwell's partnership with Demarai Gray to be central to their future vision
The club detailed the five-year deal on their website, ahead of a weekend clash with French champions Paris St Germain in Los Angeles.
Former club: Sporting Lisbon. Fee: £28m. In a true show of ambition, Leicester completed the club-record signing of Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and current Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has backed Mahrez to stay at the club despite reports linking the Algerian with a £40m switch to Arsenal.
On 20 January 2016, Chilwell made his first home start in the 2–0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.
“Ben commits his future to the Foxes for the next five seasons to June 2021, having built a reputation as one of England’s most promising young defenders since graduating from the Club’s highly regarded Academy.”
Chilwell was the subject of a £7 million bid from Liverpool last month but Leicester were always clear that the highly-rated defender was not for sale.
The 19-year-old is yet to make his league debut for the Premier League champions but was linked with a move to Liverpool this summer.
The 19-year-old, who has a year remaining on his current deal, is considered as one of the most exciting English talents of his generation and has featured in both the pre-season matches against Oxford United and Celtic in the past fortnight.
Chilwell made three top team appearances in the FA Cup and League Cup last season and is highly regarded by Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri, who said: “It’s fantastic news for us.
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The England Under-21 international made eight appearances during a loan spell with Huddersfield Town last season.
New club: Released. Fee: None. Another to have suffered as a result of Leicester's remarkable success, the left-back spent last season on loan at QPR.
Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, Jeffrey Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez have yet to be rewarded for their roles in Leicester’s title triumph
Leicester announced on Thursday the England under-21 international had committed long term to the Foxes.
The 19-year-old left-back did not break through last year under Claudio Ranieri, though the Reds were keen to pursue a deal for the starlet.
Chilwell is expected to sign within days and stake a claim for a place in Ranieri’s first team, as Leicester prepare to defend their Premier League title.
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Despite not featuring in the Premier League, Chilwell impressed for the Foxes in the FA Cup, League Cup and then on loan at Huddersfield.
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Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was reportedly tipped off about the left-back’s talents last January by former Borussia Dortmund assistant David Wagner, who managed Chilwell during a short loan spell at Huddersfield Town last season.
Leicester City 's highly-rated teenage defender Ben Chilwell has snubbed interest from Liverpool to sign a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions.
Leicester have been trying to persuade Chilwell to sign a new deal since the start of the year but have now returned with terms of around £30,000 a week.
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"It's fantastic news for us. Ben is a player with a big future and I am very happy that future will be here," boss Claudio Ranieri told the club website.
However, according to reports, the two parties have not been able to strike an extension, so Leicester might have to accept the player is leaving. The Foxes previously rejected a deal worth £7m, but could now accept a transfer offer closer to the £10m mark.
A potential move to Merseyside had remained unlikely to happen, after the Telegraph reported on Friday that Chilwell was close to agreeing a new deal to remain at the Premier League champions.
Former club: Hannover. Fee: £2.3m. The German goalkeeper has been an understudy to Manuel Neuer in recent times and proves the Foxes with goalkeeping cover.
New club: Rangers. Fee: Undisclosed. The youthful winger shot onto the scene with goals against Bury and West Ham in the League Cup last season but has since joined Rangers.