- Youri Tielemans has recently been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United
- Reports claim in-demand Tielemans declined a contract at Leicester
- But Fox manager Brendan Rodgers has now insisted there’s no truth to him.
- Praising his star midfielder, Rodgers calls Tielemans ‘really respectable’
Brendan Rodgers has denied reports that star midfielder Yuri Tielemans has declined a new contract at Leicester City.
Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the Belgium international while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also rumored to be interested.
Leicester have offered Tielemans a lucrative new deal that will make him one of the club’s highest earners as Rodgers sees the 24-year-old as an integral part of his side’s ambitions to challenge for Europe .
Brendan Rodgers denies reports that Yuri Tielemans has declined a new contract at Leicester
Tielemans has less than two years left in his current deal that expires in June 2023 and reports from last week claimed he had opted not to put pen to paper on the new offer.
Rodgers said, ‘There are reports, but none have been denied. ‘I think there’s just communication between the club and Yuri’s guys. I guess the club is waiting to hear back. But this is something that is out of my control. I can control his mindset, his commitment to the team and you cannot question it.
Tielemans has been one of Leicester’s standout players since his club-record £40million arrival from Monaco in 2019, following a season-long loan, and his goal that last season saw the Foxes’ first FA Cup win as ever. He will be remembered in his history.
Tielemans (R) has starred in the club, but Rodgers says he is waiting to hear back from him.
Despite questions over his future, he has started Leicester’s last 64 Premier League games, the longest run of any outfielder in the division, and will extend that against Brentford today.
‘My role is to improve him as a player, to make sure he is focused and his commitment is on his performance and the team. I don’t think you can argue against it. He hasn’t lost any kind of focus. He is a really talented young player. I enjoy working with him.
‘I understand the nature of the game. If his commitment and focus shift, it becomes an issue. But I don’t see that with Yuri at all. He’s just so professional. He is indeed a respected youth.
‘Their representatives have a job in terms of trying to do what’s best for them. I try to focus on the football side and give it my best.
Boss Rodgers has also praised Tileman’s professionalism, insisting that he has not lost his focus.
Tielemans revealed last month that he is keeping his options open as to whether he will decide his future for Leicester.
‘I am open to everything. The transfer market is closed now, but I want to keep as many options open as I can,’ he told Sky Sports in September.
‘The talks are on – I’m not saying I’m going to sign, I’m not saying I’m not going to sign. we will see.’
Meanwhile, Brentford boss Thomas Frank has admitted that the 2016 Leicester story’s title win prompted him to dream of what could be achieved with his newly-innovated side.
Tielemans revealed last month that he was keeping his options open on his long-term future
The Bees have started the campaign well, beating Arsenal on day one, taking points from Liverpool and bombing Chelsea’s goal in a spectacular defeat last weekend.
“We need stories in the game that the underdog can beat everyone in,” Frank said. ‘It gives hope to all.
‘I clearly remember everyone cheering for Leicester because we all wanted them to beat the establishment. And you wanted them to win badly.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has admitted he was inspired by Leicester’s story’s title win in 2016
‘I almost get goosebumps now because I think it’s unbelievable what they do. Those players are still heroes in Leicester.
‘I believe it’s important in life, to dream. We need to dream. We should hope for something better in life, we should hope for a better world. We should wish the best for our children.
‘Of course I dream about big things and I hope to achieve big things and players do the same – and not just this season and in the future as well. But we need to dream and believe as if we don’t we will never achieve anything.’