Chelsea defender Levi Colwill reveals why he wanted to stay in the summer

Levi Colwill has also been called for the senior England squad for the first time.

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill talked about his stay in the summer. He has explained it is the respect he was shown by Mauricio Pochettino from the first day. The Argentine was the reason that made him want to play for the Blues.

Chelsea had spent time on loan in the Championship with Huddersfield, and Colwill enjoyed a breakout season during a spell with the Seagulls last season.

Brighton wanted to make it a permanent deal and was prepared to offer a club record £40m. There was also interest from the Reds, although Colwill always wanted to seek clarity from Pochettino before making any decisions.

Levi Colwill has also been called for the senior England squad for the first time. The 20-year-old looked back on his early interactions with the Chelsea boss as vital in his stay at Stamford Bridge and signing a new contract.

The Englishman explained at an England press conference, “He is a great manager, really makes me feel comfortable and allows me to play my best game.”

“The big thing for me is, on the first day I came in, putting an arm around me and showing me that he respects me as a person and a player. That allows me to work my hardest and makes me want to play my best for him.”

He also added, “The majority of managers may just look at you like a footballer, which he doesn’t. That’s a big difference. That helps me play my best football. I know I’m going to improve. I can guarantee that. He’s such a good manager and he will push me, he won’t let me have any off days, that’s what I need. If someone lets me go to sleep, I might just have a good day or a bad day. I need someone there to give me that kick up the bum and say: ‘Keep going’. That’s what he does.”

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