Jannik Vestergaard has opened up on the frustration he is feeling at Leicester City, explaining why he stayed at the club and still believes he deserves a chance.
Vestergaard endured an underwhelming debut season with Leicester last term after his transfer from Southampton. He only started six matches in the Premier League for them. This season, he has been absent from all their top-flight matches so far.
And it is not like Leicester have been doing well without him. They are bottom of the Premier League and winless from their first six matches in the competition.
Speaking to BT in his native Denmark, Vestergaard has now revealed his state of mind over his Leicester situation. He insists he can be of use to Brendan Rodgers.
“It’s a very frustrating situation for me in Leicester right now – just as it’s generally a frustrating time for the club in terms of results,” Vestegaard told BT.
“Personally, it’s decidedly disappointing that I haven’t had the chance in the league, because I had a good pre-season, where I got a lot of playing time in the test matches, where it went well for me – and where I arrived in super good shape for the Premier League – the start.
“I must honestly admit that I do not know what has happened. I came back to the club after the summer holiday and after the two international matches for Denmark with victories over Austria and the world champions France.
“I spoke to the club and got the clear impression that they were happy with me, that we started from scratch in the new season and that I was given the same chance as everyone else to play.
“But when the league started, I was suddenly completely outside and have only started in one cup match, where I played well and we kept a clean sheet. Afterwards, I was on the outside again.
“I work hard in training, where things are actually going really well for me, and I still believe that I will get the chance. I am completely ready if the manager chooses to use me and my qualities.
“I am in good physical shape and believe that I could help the club back on track and out of the difficult situation in terms of results.”
Vestergaard expected more faith from Leicester
Despite his lack of action in 2021-22, Vestergaard stayed at Leicester for the subsequent season. Explaining the decision, he claimed the club made their mind up early and he expected things to be different.
“Leicester announced early on that they wanted to keep me and confirmed that I was doing well and that we were starting the new season from scratch,” he said.
“I bought that message with all the loyalty I have for my club and the people in and around it. So I expected to stay at Leicester and have a good second season.
“As always in a transfer window, there were some options – this time mostly in the form of rental agreements. But the club said no to all of them. I don’t want to comment on club names, because it’s not fair, I think.”
Defender denies financial motivation
Responding to a question about a link with Fulham, Vestergaard emphasised his belief in the Leicester project. He also turned down the idea that he has only stayed there for money.
“There was suddenly an offer for a permanent transfer. But the fact is that I have always looked at the sporting aspect and have believed in a future in Leicester – also based on what I heard from the club,” he explained.
“It’s a big club that wanted me for a year and a half before the switch from Southampton was successful. So I naturally thought that it would be a good change. And it may turn out to be that.
“I don’t want to talk so concretely about money. But I have also heard myself that some speculate that I stayed at Leicester because of the salary. But it was never because of money. I don’t know where this kind of thing comes from; it’s pure rubbish.
“There was no difference in economics. At the time, it still seemed like a better sporting option to stay in Leicester.”
Vestergaard has once again been left out by Leicester for their last game before the international break, against Tottenham on Saturday evening. He has also lost his place with the Danish national team for the forthcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures.