Arsenal suffer blow as Rodgers signs bumper new deal at Leicester

Date published: Friday 6th December 2019 1:34

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at the King Power Stadium, the club have announced.

Rodgers was appointed in February last year and has continued to impress with the Foxes, who sit second in the Premier League table after 15 games.

The Northern Irishman’s previous deal ran until 2022 with the fresh terms now keeping Rodgers at Leicester until 2025.

The 46-year-old told the club’s official website: “When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the Club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey

“I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the Club build for the future.

“The support I have had from the Chairman, Khun Top; from the Chief Executive, Susan Whelan; from the Director of Football, Jon Rudkin; and from everyone at the Club has been amazing.

“I’ve inherited an outstanding team of staff that are dedicated to progress and improvement and we have a group of players that are a joy to work with every day.

“And to the Club’s supporters, I can only say thank you for welcoming me and my staff into your Club and for putting your faith in our work. We’ll continue to work together to bring success to Leicester City for many years to come.”

Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha added: “Brendan’s qualities as a coach are well-known and evident in the way he has sought to unlock the potential in every member of our exciting young squad.”

The news comes as a blow to Arsenal, who are looking for a permanent successor amid their worst run of results in 42 years, following a 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Thursday.

Previous reports have indicated that Rodgers was eyed as the Gunners’ number one managerial target and will now have to look elsewhere with Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge in the meantime.

Rodgers has previously insisted that he was not looking to leave Leicester.

Ljungberg admitted that his players are “low on confidence”, with Hector Bellerin also saying that he was “lost for words” trying to explain his side’s current plight.

Leicester’s next fixture sees them face Aston Villa away from home.

 

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