Tielemans ‘happy’ to get out of ‘tough’ Leicester environment during international break

Jason Soutar
Youri Tielemans looks perplexed during a press conference

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans says he is “happy to get a bit of fresh air” representing Belgium due to the “tough” situation at the King Power.

The Foxes have started the season extremely poorly.

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They are bottom of the Premier League with one point from their opening seven top-flight fixtures.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have lost six league matches on the bounce, including a 4-2 loss at Arsenal, a 5-2 loss at Brighton and most recently, a 6-2 loss at Tottenham.

No Leicester player has really stood out as a good performer in a bad team this season.

Following the departure of club captain Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward has taken on the No. 1 goalkeeper duties, and has done a woeful job so far.

The sale of Wesley Fofana hasn’t helped proceedings either, although he was absent through injury for the majority of last term and the Foxes didn’t look like relegation candidates at any point.

Tielemans says life at Leicester is “tough” at the minute and is unsurprisingly buzzing to be able to link up with his Belgium teammates for the next week.

“I’m happy to get a bit of fresh air here (with Belgium) because it’s tough at Leicester right now,” he said.

“It’s clear that things are not going well at the club. We are doing everything we can as a team.

“At Leicester, the consecutive defeats have affected us as a group. We need to benefit from this break to recharge our batteries.

“It’s hard to get it off my mind as it keeps running through my head. Only my kids sometimes prevent me from thinking about it.”

Tielemans was heavily linked with several clubs during the summer transfer window, most notably Arsenal.

It was reported that Gunners manager Mikel Arteta had completed extensive checks on the Belgian midfielder and was happy to bring him in.

The 25-year-old is out of contract next summer, meaning he was believed to be available for around £25million during the summer.

Leicester are believed to be willing to offload the midfielder in order to avoid losing him for nothing in 2023.

While the likes of Arsenal and Newcastle are seemingly interested, it remains to be seen whether or not they will wait to compete for his signature when his contract expires.

Tielemans insists he does not regret staying at Leicester given their dire start to the new season.

“I’m not going to speak too much about my contract situation at the moment,” he added.

“I didn’t leave Leicester in the summer as I always said the project had to be the right one.

“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret (staying).”