Rodgers hoping he has a hold over Man Utd target Tielemans

Date published: Thursday 2nd May 2019 12:03

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping that his track record of improving young players will be the key to signing Youri Tielemans.

Tielemans has really impressed since arriving at Leicester – and Rodgers remains hopeful the Belgium star will sign on a permanent deal from Monaco.

He has made 11 Premier League appearances scoring three goals and creating five assists and the big boys of the Premier League have apparently taken note.

Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with Tielemans, who has publicly said his options remain open.

Asked if he feared losing the 21-year-old, Rodgers said: “I don’t fear it. He came here in January because he wasn’t getting game time.

“I think what Leicester have shown him is the opportunity that is here for any player, and in particular a young player.

“He is a very clever footballer with big experience for such a young player. He has a lot of efficiency in his game, he scores goals and creates goals.

“He still has a lot to learn but what he has shown here is that he’s a very good player. He can continue to adapt and improve and there’s an opportunity to do that here if the two clubs can agree on something, but we will see.”

Gary Neville believes that Tielemans should be on the radar of every top six Premier League club.

Tielemans has been a revelation since moving to the Foxes on loan from Ligue 1 giants Monaco in January.

Leicester are said to be eager to sign the Belgium international on a permanent basis, but his reported £40m valuation could prove to be a major stumbling block to any club outside of the big six.

And Neville feels that those clubs could look to buy Tielemans after his Leicester “dress rehearsal”.


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