Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has suggested that he was never considering joining Liverpool this summer.
Colwill was heavily linked with a move to Anfield, but has since signed a new contract with Chelsea.
And speaking to CaughtOffside about his decision to carry on with this boyhood club, the 20-year-old said it wasn’t a hard decision to make.
“I don’t think it [extending at Chelsea] was ever a doubt really,” said the defender. “Brighton had a great year last year and all respect to Roberto De Zerbi. He’s made me learn so much and improve as a player, but Chelsea was always my first option.”
Although it’s been claimed that Colwill was a boyhood Liverpool fan, he says he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
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“Chelsea has been my club since my ninth birthday when I signed,” he explained. “Obviously, I love this club a lot. I want to win big things with this club. I just had to speak to the gaffer and see what happened from there.
“I always wanted to be at Chelsea, be a Chelsea player and hopefully become a Chelsea legend one day.”
Colwill happy at Chelsea
Getting Colwill out of Stamford Bridge had always seemed like a truly tall task for Liverpool this summer.
There was a point where the England U21 star had looked like he might leave. Brighton were even reportedly ready to put down £40m to make that happen. But it was destined to take a much bigger number than that..
Anyway, having been assured of his spot in the first team by Mauricio Pochettino, Colwill has signed a deal and stayed put.
For Liverpool though, it still might be worth to keep an eye on things. They’re clearly big fans of Colwill and it still remains to be seen how much he plays for Chelsea this season.
The Blues don’t have European competition to pad out appearances and do have a pretty big squad.
They’ve also added Axel Disasi to a back-line that already includes Benoit Badiashile and Thiago Silva, as well as the currently injured Wesley Fofana.
Despite assurances from Pochettino, there’s no guarantee that Colwill gets the game time he wants. In that scenario, whatever he claims here, we still think it would be worth Liverpool asking the question again.