Chelsea starlet Levi Colwill has ended speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge by penning a new long term contract with the Blues, it has been confirmed.
The Englishman spent last season on loan with fellow Premier League side Brighton and impressed despite making just 14 top-flight appearances. The Seagulls were keen to land him on a permanent basis and made two club record bids to take him back to the south coast (with the second thought to be around £40m), while Liverpool were also expressing an interest in the defender, who is still yet to make his competitive debut for Chelsea.
However, the blues have maintained that he is not for sale this summer, and Colwill has now backed up that stance by penning a new deal at the club, which will see him remain a Chelsea player until 2029 with the option for a further year.
‘It’s always been an easy decision,’ said Colwill. ‘As I’ve grown up, all I’ve known is Chelsea. I’ve spoken with the manager and he’s given me reassurance, that trust I needed. He’s spoken with me not just as a player but a person. It’s made a big difference.’
Meanwhile, Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley added: ‘Levi is an outstanding player who has risen to every challenge in his career so far. We are thrilled he will remain at Chelsea for years to come.
‘His journey from academy to first team is testament to his talent, dedication, and determination. Everyone at the club is now looking forward to watching him thrive at Stamford Bridge in the seasons ahead.’
Colwill is expected to start the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice defender following injury to fellow left-footed option Benoit Badiashile, and is set to make his Chelsea bow against former suitors Liverpool next weekend.