Fingers Off Fofana, Says Defiant Rodgers After Chelsea Interest

BRENDAN RODGERS has held talks with Wesley Fofana amid hobby from Chelsea and insists Leicester’s famous person defender isn’t always for sale this summer season. The Blues have became their attention to Fofana after pinnacle target Jules Kounde selected to join Barcelona from Sevilla, while Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe changed into also on their radar.

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Rodgers accepts that Fofana will at some point play on the finest degrees but pressured that this isn’t the time for the 21-yr-vintage – who signed a new five-12 months deal last March – to move on. Whenever Fofana does so, it’s far likely Leicester will are searching for a international-document fee for a defender, eclipsing the £80million Manchester United paid them for Harry Maguire three years ago. 

‘He’s now not on the market,’ stated Rodgers, a chorus he repeated twice extra. ‘There goes to be interest in him, that’s the point. I had a protracted chat with him the opposite day.  When you are as talented as he’s there’s going to be masses of speculation, however he’s no longer for sale. I’ve got no doubts that during future he’ll play on the highest level but he feels accurate here and he’s very snug along with his group-mates. 

Staying put: Fofana pictured at a current pleasant with Sevilla

‘When we signed him from St Etienne (for £31.5million in 2020) he had performed handiest 26 video games at senior stage. Everyone had a take a look at him lower back then but he came right here and flourished. He changed into happy to sign a brand new 5-12 months deal in March. He has possibly were given an opportunity to get himself into France’s World Cup squad, which is about gambling regularly, so I’m pretty calm on it. He’s very happy here.’

Leicester’s financial role – their next set of money owed are in all likelihood to expose tremendous losses – approach they need to sell on this switch window before they could contemplate shopping for, and there’s no assure that all the finances could be used inside the marketplace. Their preference become to elevate cash with the aid of promoting players now not vital to Rodgers plans, like Ayoze Perez, Caglar Soyuncu, Dennis Praet, Jannik Vestergaard, Boubakary Soumare, Nampalys Mendy, Hamza Choudhury and Ryan Bertrand. Yet there’s little enthusiasm within the marketplace for them, which means the Foxes can also should promote at least considered one of their big names.

Captain Kasper Schmeichel will be allowed to leave if a deal can be agreed with Nice and Leicester can perceive every other goalkeeper to compete with Danny Ward. His departure could not bring a sizable fee however would account for certainly one of Leicester’s top earners, with the Dane collecting more than £one hundred,000 every week. Arsenal remain interested by Youri Tielemans, who has twelve months final on his agreement and is worth about £25m, but have not begun to put up an authentic bid. Newcastle have presented about £35m for James Maddison and have enquired approximately Harvey Barnes, although Leicester decide them to be really worth closer to £60m apiece.

Surplus to necessities: Kasper Schmeichel could be allowed to depart the membership after 11 years if the Foxes sign every other keeper

Barnes signed a new 4-12 months deal only three hundred and sixty five days in the past, yet Maddison is now within the final two years of his contract and Leicester recognize the 25-year-antique attacking midfielder’s price might drop if he remains but does no longer agree a new agreement. If Maddison does not depart this summer, he is in all likelihood to be supplied a fresh deal within the autumn that might make him one of the membership’s pinnacle earners. Though Rodgers was not pretty as unequivocal approximately Maddison as he become on Fofana, it became clean he had no desire to see his most creative player leave. 

‘Within the club there is a financial state of affairs which is not ideal in phrases of looking to do enterprise,’ stated Rodgers. ‘It does not suggest we will be exploited. You don’t want to lose your fine gamers and then no longer be capable of convey any in. That would not stack up. With James, he is asking the fine he has in my time here, in phrases of his level of self assurance and physicality. A player of that talent there could be of hobby as nicely. He is a joy to work with. He is truely pivotal to us and there is no manner I could need to promote him.’

Calling the photographs: Brendan Rodgers gives out instructions at Leicester’s Seagrave training base

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