Chilwell was a Man Utd fan – so fans suggest ‘swap’ with Chelsea-supporting Shaw
Ben Chilwell personifies the stereotype that all Manchester United fans don't actually come from Manchester with the Milton Keynes-born Chelsea ace opting to support the Red Devils as a youngster.
The England international, 25, made the startling admission when appearing on YouTube channel Complex in the build-up to The Three Lions' World Cup clash with The USA, alongside Chelsea team-mate Christian Pulisic.
Asked to name the greatest-ever English footballer player, Chilwell said: "Inside info, I actually always supported Man U growing up. So probably for me, it would be Wayne Rooney. It wasn't even the way he played football, it was just his personality."
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The flying Blues full-back is finally back from a cruciate ligament injury sustained in the 4-0 romping of Juventus in the Champions League group stages. The horror rupture ruled him out for almost the entirety of the 2021/22 season, he was reintroduced as a substitute in the 89th minute of Chelsea's final Premier League outing against Watford.
But after undergoing a full pre-season and fighting his way back to full fitness, fans have cottoned on to Chilwell's boyhood routes and have suggested a bizarre swap deal to help solve Man Utd's defensive woes – involving Chelsea supporting left-back Luke Shaw.
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"Luke Shaw grew up supporting Chelsea and Ben Chilwell is a Manchester United fan," tweeted one Blues supporter. ''[Jadon] Sancho is also a Chelsea fan while [Callum] Hudson-Odoi (whether he likes it or not) is also a Man United fan. Both clubs should initiate a swap deal."
Whilst the validity of Hudson-Odoi's Man United fandom remains in question, Sancho was indeed a Chelsea fanatic. "I’d probably say Frank Lampard," Sancho told talkSPORT when asked who his England hero was. "I was a Chelsea fan growing up, I can’t lie!
"Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard were my favourite players at the time. I just love Frank Lampard and how he played his game; he was so direct and so composed on the ball."
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