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Ben Chilwell reveals personal praise from Man City boss Pep Guardiola

By Ben Green

Published: 17:46, 4 June 2019

Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell has revealed how Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lavished praise on him last month.  

The Citizens edged past Brendan Rodgers’ side 1-0 in the penultimate match of the Premier League season, all-but guaranteeing City the title.

What did Guardiola say to Chilwell? Five key things to know…

  1. After the match at the Etihad Guardiola approached Chilwell and praised his style of play.
  2. The Catalan coach outlined his admiration for the England international’s overlapping full-back approach.
  3. City are in dire need of left-back reinforcements with Benjamin Mendy continuing to suffer an injury-plagued two seasons at the club.
  4. And Chilwell has been heavily linked with a move to Man City this summer.
  5. However, the 22-year-old has expressed a desire to continue working with Brendan Rodgers.

After the showdown, in which a spectacular Vincent Kompany thunderbolt separated the sides, Guardiola could be seen locked in conversation with Chilwell.

The 22-year-old has been a long-term target of the north-west club, and he has now shed light on the comments exchanged with the esteemed tactician.

He said: “Pep said he thought I was a really talented player and he wanted me to keep playing well, getting up and down the pitch and never going away from it.

“It was nice for such a successful manager to say I’m a good player. I’m at Leicester and with Brendan coming in we’re all loving him being there and that’s obviously where my head’s at.”

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Chilwell relishing Nations League final

Having taken his game to new heights across 2018/19, Chilwell is now a mainstay in Gareth Southgate’s England XI, starting in five of the last six matches.

The 22-year-old is currently in the Three Lions squad as Southgate prepares his side for a semi-final clash against the Netherlands on Thursday in the Nations League, and Chilwell has his eyes set on silverware.

“Beating Holland is where all of our heads are at, then if we get to the final hopefully winning that,” he added.

“This is a young squad and we want to win stuff now.”

England clash with ‎Ronald Koeman’s side at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on Thursday, before the winner takes on either Portugal or Switzerland in the final on June 9.