Chilwell thinks his team can challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for supremacy in English football.

Chelsea’s £4.25 billion takeover by Boehly-Clearlake, with the American owners supporting manager Thomas Tuchel, has Ben Chilwell optimistic that they can win the Big Trophies.

Raheem Sterling, a 25-year-old colleague on the international stage, is the club’s first signing of the summer.

Raheem Sterling who moved from Manchester City to Chelsea, £47.5m fee, no add-ons. Contract until 2027 plus option for further year, after completing the first part of his Chelsea medical on Sunday. He will undergo the second part today before flying to join his teammates in the United States on Tuesday.

Everything is set up, in Ben Chilwell’s opinion, for Chelsea to compete for Major Trophies.

Ben Chilwell: “This is Chelsea, we want to win the big trophies. And of course, we’re positive going into this season, like we are every season. We’ve got a strong team. Hopefully, we can add to that strength with some good players. We’ve got a great manager. New ownership. A great training ground. Good backroom staff. So everything’s in place to have a good season.”

On Thomas Tuchel:

“We have full confidence in the manager – we know we’re not going to get a better manager here. I’m not just saying it. He’s an unbelievable manager in all aspects, and I think he has a lot of trust in us as well.”

On Man City and Liverpool:

Manchester City and Liverpool have set the bar, for maybe the last five years, which every other team in the league is aspiring to get at. Me being a Chelsea player, I’d say we’re the closest to them. We showed in patches last season that we could compete with them, but it’s that consistency that they’ve shown.”

On new ownership:

“We can move on under new ownership which seems amazing. They seem to want to get very involved in the club and move things forward. I don’t think last season was a bad season.”

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On national team:

“I dreamed of playing in the World Cup ever since I can remember, to know it is around the corner is more motivation than you know for me to see if I can establish my spot. I want to be the left-back in the team and I think we can do really well and go a long way. It would be amazing. It would be a highlight of not just my career but my life. So I am going to work for it for the next four months.”

On Antonio Rudiger:

“Of course, Antonio Rudiger is going to be difficult to replace. He was one of the most influential players on the team last year, not just for his performances on the pitch, which were amazing week in, week out. I’ve only got good things to say about Toni. I think Chelsea will always have a place in his heart.”

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