Leicester boss Rodgers remains relaxed over Tielemans future

Date published: Wednesday 15th September 2021 4:22 - Jason Soutar

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers insists there is “no drama” over Youri Tielemans contract situation at the King Power Stadium.

The Belgian international is under contract until 2023 and the Foxes manager is keen to tie him down to a new long-term contract.

Tielemans himself admitted this week he is keeping his options open while negotiations over a new deal continue.

He told Sky Sports: “There’s no update really. I’m open to everything. The transfer market has just closed, but I want to keep as many options as I can open.


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“As long as I’m here I will give everything for the club. I’ve already done so, but I will do so even more. The contract situation is just something that is going on in football, it’s a normal situation.

“There are talks going on – I’m not saying I’m going to sign, I’m not saying I’m not going to sign. We will see.”

However, Rodgers is remaining calm over the situation, insisting: “There’s no drama with it. It’s just the reality of the situation.

“It only becomes a problem to me if there’s a lack of commitment or there’s not the same intensity but that’s never been the case with Youri.

“It’s natural, he is a very talented player who is in discussions with the club and we’ll see where that takes us.

“I have no idea (why it is dragging on), I concentrate on the football and making sure he is the best player he can be, giving him the support, environment and culture to be that.

“He is a top-class professional and a joy to work with and while he is here – for however long that is – he will always give and I will always give the best to his development.”

Leicester host Napoli in their Europa League opener on Thursday night and the ex-Celtic boss has no fresh injury concerns for the match.

After two consecutive fifth-place finishes in the Premier League and the club’s first FA Cup triumph last season, Rodgers is happy with how the Foxes are continuing to progress.

He said: “We are in a very good place, we have had a lot of recent success but that means you have a choice to make. Are you content with that or do you want to progress and move on?

“The club is always looking to improve. That’s the most important thing to me, when you are in an organisation which has had success the hunger is still there.”

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