Ben Chilwell aiming to replicate the career of ‘Chelsea legend’ Ashley Cole

Ben Chilwell wants to attain Chelsea legend status (Picture: Getty Images)

Ben Chilwell is eyeing up a career similar to ‘Chelsea legend’ Ashley Cole and wants to start by winning ‘a trophy or two’ before the end of this season.

The 24-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer and has already racked up 31 appearances for the club, scoring three goals from left-back.

With the Blues still in the Champions League and FA Cup, it could be a brilliant first season in west London for the England international as he looks to start a collection of silverware.

Chilwell is looking to replicate Cole who won eight major titles at Chelsea, and says he was quick to search out the former Blues left-back when he arrived at the club last year.

‘When I first came here I was keen to meet him [Cole] so I could pick his brains,’ said Chilwell.

‘He was pretty similar – he came at a young age and ended up becoming a Chelsea legend. If I can try to replicate the career he’s had here, I will be pretty happy.

‘We hopefully want to win a trophy or two this season.’

The former Leicester man was dropped from the team as soon as Thomas Tuchel arrived as manager in January but he has fought his way back into the first team and has been performing impressively.

Chilwell scored a crucial second goal in the 2-0 win against Porto in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie, with the second leg being played in Seville on Tuesday night.

The defender says that having to prove himself to another new manager has helped get the best out of him as he vies for a place in the team with Marcos Alonso.

‘When the manager came in it was a clean slate for everyone,’ said Chilwell. ‘You can look at it two ways. I didn’t play the first three or four games, which could have got me down. But I used it as an opportunity to work harder, to ask him questions in training, to ask where he thinks I could improve my game to get me more match time.

Ben Chilwell is in great form (Picture: Getty Images)

‘When I get the opportunity to play, I want to prove to him that I should be playing more regularly and I’m sure the other players, Marcos included, are doing the same thing.

‘It is very healthy, especially at the stage of the season we are at, with quarter-finals, semi-finals of the Cup, the league positioning, wanting to finish in the top four, I think it is very important that we have everyone in the squad challenging each other for 11 shirts and training hard and playing hard because they want to be staying in the team.

‘I think it is very important that we’ve got that now at this crucial point of the season.’

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