Levi Colwill Set for New Chelsea Contract Ahead of Loan Move
Levi Colwill: One for the Future
Levi Colwill is one of the most exciting young players in the Chelsea academy. He is now set to sign a four-year contract until 2025. A Championship loan is being lined up for the 18-year old, although the destination remains unclear.
Colwill, who is left-footed, trained with Chelsea’s senior squad towards the end of last season. He came into the squad as cover for Andreas Christensen, who picked up an injury in the Premier League game against Manchester City on May 8, 2020. As a result, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has already seen a glimpse of his ability.
Colwill Could Be Chelsea’s Next Academy Star
Current stars like Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour are excellent adverts for Chelsea’s academy. The London outfit generally has a terrible track record of promoting academy graduates to the first-team. Subsequently, many talented youngsters have left the Blues over the years. That list includes current Manchester City centre-back Nathan Ake, as well as Dominic Solanke, Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was fired from the managerial position in January this year, but he did bring about change in that area. Thomas Tuchel has had little time to incorporate youngsters, given the sudden nature of his arrival and the task at hand. Next season onwards, that may change.
Colwill, who is regarded highly by the board at Chelsea, has been convinced of a clear pathway into the first-team. That includes the proposed loan move in 2021/22.
The competition for places at Chelsea is always high. Their current senior options include Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta. There are more young prospects, such as Marc Guehi, who will return from his loan at Swansea City, and Xavier Mbuyamba, who has recovered from injury after joining from Barcelona last summer.
He is convinced now, and Chelsea are hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Reece James. James, of course, made the first-team jump after a single Championship loan at Wigan Athletic in 2018/19.
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Chelsea are also trying to renew the contracts of Lewis Bate and Valentino Livramento.
18-year old wing-back Livramento could leave the club this summer. The pursuit of Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi will likely block the pathway for him. According to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg, Aston Villa are one of the clubs that have shown interest in signing him. Chelsea are not giving up just yet. However, only a year is left on the contract, and the Blues are trying hard to make him sign.
Dynel Simeu is another young centre-back whom Chelsea are trying to convince. The defender’s contract expires this month. Jack Wakely, Jamal Blackman and Izzy Brown have been released. Brown has joined Preston.
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