It would be somewhat hypocritical for Brendan Rodgers to criticize Youri Tielemans’ reluctance to sign a new long-term deal at Leicester City.
As Celtic fans would be happy to point out, loyalty meant little to Rodgers when The Foxes called three years ago, leaving Celtic stranded in the middle of a season by the bright lights of the Premier League.
Rodgers knows from experience that even if he’s happy where he is, sometimes he’ll get an offer too good to turn down.
“For a player, it’s about the ambition, the challenge and sometimes it’s about a different environment,” Rodgers admitted to The Mercury when asked about Tielemans’ future at King Power Stadium.
The £40m Belgium international will become a free agent in the summer of 2023.
Liverpool is a long-time fan. And according to Goal, Tielemans’ agent has also held talks with Arsenal at their London Colney training ground.
Is Youri Tielemans leaving Leicester City for Arsenal?
“We’ve seen it before many times,” says Rodgers. “The teams have won the Champions League and the player will continue. That is the nature of this.
“Rightfully so, he’s at an age and stage in his contract where he needs to make sure he considers all options. I would love (his future) to be here at Leicester City. That is natural. But I also understand that it is a very short race.
“Although the player is committed, focused and professional, he is never a concern for me. With Youri you can see his joy to be here, he loves being here, but you have to respect that these guys’ careers are short”.
How much will Tielemans cost?
Even the most optimistic Leicester supporters would have to admit that at present the chances of Tielemans staying another season in the East Midlands look slim.
Especially with the Foxes 10th in the table, 12 points below the top four and coming out of the Europa League group stage in dire fashion.
Leicester, to put it bluntly, have regressed.
Tielemans is a player who deserves to strut his stuff on the Champions League stage. It seems less and less likely that he can achieve those ambitions at Leicester City.
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