Brendan Rodgers admits there will probably be teams looking at Youri Tielemans as the midfielder’s contract runs down at Leicester City.
Youri Tielemans scored a penalty for Leicester City on Sunday, which was celebrated in North London for the potential top-four implications – given it was an equaliser against West Ham United.
But whilst he’s still scoring goals for Leicester City on the pitch, Tielemans’ situation away from the field of play is drawing plenty of interest too.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Youri Tielemans won’t extend his contract with Leicester City, turning down their latest offer of a new deal.
The midfielder will be out of contract in 2023, but it’s now significantly more likely Leicester will sell him on in the summer, their last realistic chance to cash in.
Responding to questions on that topic, Brendan Rodgers certainly didn’t rule out a summer departure.
“With his contract running down then I’m pretty sure there will be teams looking at him but I’m also a realist as well,” Rodgers said.
“We are real as a football club. You’ll get people asking if we can hang on to these players for the next six or seven years but the reality is that if a player does really well at Leicester, he may want to leave and move on to another club.
“For us, it’s just about being ready for that.”
Goal reported in January that Arsenal are interested in Youri Tielemans, and they’ve already held talks with his agent about a potential move. The two parties met at London Colney to discuss the situation.
The deal always looked unlikely to happen in the January transfer window, as Leicester wanted to keep him until the end of the season.
But Arsenal believe they could be an appealing summer option.
Tielemans is still a regular in Leicester’s current side, making 28 appearances this season already.
The midfielder contributes to the goals fairly often for his position, scoring seven and assisting three this campaign following 15 goal contributions last season.