Ben Chilwell says chats in the shower with Riyad Mahrez helped make him the player he is today.
But the Chelsea full back plans to leave his old pal high and dry in tomorrow’s Champions League final.
Mahrez was Chilwell’s mentor during Leicester’s title-winning miracle of 2016, when the now-Manchester City winger was named PFA Player of the Year.
Now, the England defender is out to rain on his parade and stop Pep Guardiola’s men clinching a Treble.
Chilwell, who did not make his Premier League debut until after Leicester’s title win, said: “I was 18, 19 when he was at Leicester.
“I was just coming into the first team and we had a really good relationship on and off the pitch. In training we did have battles most days.
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“When we won the league, he was amazing. Me and Riyad would always stay out after training, practise together.
“So we’d always be in the showers together talking because we’d always be the last two there. He’d always give me advice.
“He’d tell me about players in my position he’s played against, tell me their strengths and where I could improve.
“He was a great guy around the training ground who made everyone laugh. And I don’t need to talk about his football.
“He’s had some magical moments against the best in the world since then. The whole footballing world knows the quality he has.
“This season especially the confidence has come back and he’s playing well in the big games.
“I’m looking forward to playing against him. We’re not going to be friends during the game but it will be a good occasion.”
Mahrez scored big goals in both legs of City’s semi-final win over Paris St-Germain and stopping him could be key to Chelsea’s hopes in Porto.
But win or lose, Chilwell can rely on support from another old Foxes pal – after a surprise call from former youth team skipper Matthew Miles.
He said: “Matty’s a football coach and a PE teacher now. He’s coming out to watch the game. He was 17 when he got released. We’ve stayed close since.
“We were talking and he said: ‘Could you imagine when we were in the youth team that you’d be playing in a Champions League Final in a few years time?’
“We had a little laugh about that. We just reminisced. To see how happy he was for me was nice.”
Chilwell may not have imagined it back then, but these are exactly the kind of games he joined Chelsea in a £45m transfer last summer to play in.
He said: “You come to Chelsea to win trophies. We’ve managed to secure top four, we’ve got into an FA Cup final and now the Champions League final.
“You watch the Champions League as a kid. To dream of that when you’re young and for it to be happening this weekend is a massive achievement.”
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