Leicester to hand Ben Chilwell £25m new deal amid transfer interest from rivals

Leicester are ready to offer England star Ben Chilwell a bumper new £25m deal – even though he's got five years left on his contract.

The 22-year-old defender tied himself to the club until 2024 just 12 months ago but his rapid emergence has alerted the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Chilwell's performances for club and country have put him on the radar of a host of the Premier League's biggest clubs and made him one of the most sought after players in the country.

Ambitious Leicester are keen to reward the young full-back with a pay hike to £100,000 a week in a bid to try and safeguard one of their prize assets.

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Though that would still leave him behind established senior stars like Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel it will put him bang up there with Leicester's highest earners.

Chilwell only put pen to paper on a new long-term contract this time last year, a few days after Leicester tied-down Harry Maguire.

England defender Maguire still ended up joining Manchester United in the summer but they had to break the world transfer record for a defender by coughing up £80m for his services.

Leicester want to make it clear that they don't want to sell – and if one of their star players goes it will only be for their full valuation.

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Home-grown Chilwell is already valued at £50m and rising. National boss Gareth Southgate has seen the young defender's emergence through the international ranks first hand.

A graduate through the Leicester academy after joining the club at 12, he has represented the national team at Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels before making his break into the senior side.

He made his debut 13 months ago when he came on as a second half substitute in the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland at Leicester's King Power stadium.

He was one of the stars of the 6-0 thrashing of Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday night which was marred by racist chanting.

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Leicester are desperate to try and crack the top six this season and further underline their intentions of not being classed as a selling club.

Chairman 'Top' Srivaddhanaprabha has stated his intention of trying to continue building on the foundations laid down by father Vichai whose backing led to the club's shock Premier League title win in 2016.

His support has been unwavering despite the tragic death of his father in the helicopter crash at the ground which claimed five lives 12 months ago.

A £100m state-of-the-art training complex is due to be completed next summer and is expected to be one of the most advanced in Europe.

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There are also plans to increase the capacity of the King Power to 40,000.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has bought into the project to make the club a major force and is desperate to hang on to as many of his top players as possible.

Chilwell and midfielder James Maddison are coveted by a host of clubs with high-riding Leicester tipped by many to break into the elite top six again this season.

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