Youri Tielemans: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relaxed nigh midfielder’s future
The midfielder’s electric current contract runs until 2023
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he is relaxed about Youri Tielemans’ future despite contract talks dragging on.
Midfielder Tielemans said this calendar week he was keeping his options open while negotiations over a new deal proceed.
He is tied to the King Power Stadium until 2023 and Rodgers said in February he wanted to keep the Belgium international at the Foxes long term.
They host Napoli in their Europa League opener on Th and Rodgers remains calm about the ongoing talks with Leicester’s £35million record signing.
He said: “In that location’s no drama with it. Information technology’s just the reality of the situation. It but 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’due south natural, he is a very talented actor who is in discussions with the club and we’ll see where that takes usa.
“I take no thought (why it is dragging on), I concentrate on the football and making certain he is the best role player he tin can be, giving him the support, environs and culture to be that.
“He is a top-form professional person and a joy to work with and while he is here – for however long that is – he will always give and I volition always give the all-time to his development.”
Rodgers has no fresh injury doubts for the Group C mantle-raiser but James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.
The Foxes reached the terminal 16 of the competition last season before losing to Slavia Prague and Kasper Schmeichel believes they cannot beget to exist afraid in their quest for success.
Ii consecutive fifth-placed finishes in the Premier League and a historic first FA Cup triumph in May has raised expectations with Schmeichel looking for more progress.
He said: “We are in a very good place, nosotros have had a lot of recent success but that means y’all take a selection to make. Are you content with that or do you want to progress and motion on?
“That’due south what this club wants to do. The social club continues to evidence it in the backing of the training footing, the expansion of the stadium and the transfer market place.
“The gild is always looking to better. That’southward the nigh important thing to me, when y’all are in an organisation which has had success the hunger is still there.
“Y’all cannot become conceited and timid. That’due south when you take the pes off the gas. Nosotros have always got to be looking for what’s adjacent. We can’t utilize the past for anything, that past is washed.
“There are many steps we tin nevertheless accept, we are looking to improve every day and this flavour is another opportunity.”
Napoli and Leicester are 2 of the favourites to win the competition, earlier those who drop out of the Champions League group stage try to join via the new play-off circular.
The viii Europa League group winners progress automatically to the last 16 with the runners-up playing the eight tertiary-placed teams in the Champions League groups.
Schmeichel added: “It’due south never been our approach to wait at others, we expect at ourselves more than annihilation. When I look at our dressing room I take every reason to be supremely confident.
“There are tiptop-form sides in this competition and others coming in from the Champions League. You lot can’t always say because you don’t know who is going to be coming into the competition.”