BRENDAN RODGERS hopes Ben Chilwell is welcomed back by Leicester fans today — but knows there can be ‘needle’ when a key player decides to leave.
The left-back quit the King Power Stadium to join Chelsea 15 months ago in a £50million deal.
Ben Chilwell returns to Leicester for the first time in front of fans on Saturday with Chelsea[/caption]
Brendan Rodgers expects the crowd to give the defender a ‘bit of needle’[/caption]
And Foxes fans booed him during the FA Cup Final last May — which Rodgers’ side won after Chilwell had a last-gasp equaliser for Blues ruled out by the VAR.
He returned to Leicester last season with no fans in the ground.
But today is set to be back for the first time in front of a crowd.
England defender Chilwell, 24, upset some fans with comments made after completing his move.
Rodgers said: “There certainly wasn’t any animosity between us, he was a young player that came through the system here, and he ended up playing for the first team.
“He decided to move on, and the club did very well as a result in terms of his fee.
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“It’s difficult, players leave, and there can be a little bit of needle around that.”
Chilwell comes into the clash against his old club in a rich vein of form in front of goal.
He has three in his last seven outings for the Blues.
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