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Leicester City boss hints at exit for Arsenal target

Leicester City boss hints at exit for Arsenal target

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on October 15, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Speaking this week about Leicester City’s group of players out of contract in the summer, Brendan Rodgers suggested the club had to take a firm stance and release players who either don’t want to be there or want too much money.

“Well, some of that would be a club discussion really,” Rodgers said of potential sales.

“I think that if someone doesn’t want to be here or someone wants too much money to be here, we have to be brave enough to say ‘listen, thank you very much and on you go’, because we are not a club with masses of resources that can facilitate every single players need, especially from a financial side.

“A number of these guys are down to their last year. We said before we’d like them to stay but there has to be a point in time when what they want is too demanding for us as a club and if the time is right, they have to move on, then we have to do that and then look forward.”

Youri Tielemans is part of the group Rodgers is referring to, with his deal up in the summer and no agreement over an extension so far.

Rodgers previously confirmed that Leicester were in contract talks with the midfielder, but they haven’t led anywhere yet.

The Athletic also suggest there’s been no progress with Tielemans, as the midfielder wants to assess his options as a free agent.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 27: Youri Tielemans of Belgium looks on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Belgium and Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR: Youri Tielemans of Belgium looks on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Belgium and Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium on November 27, 2022. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arsenal were previously put off by Leicester’s asking price in the summer window, but with the midfielder’s contract expiring in 2023, they could sign him on a free transfer.

Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri reported in December that “discussions are underway” for Tielemans to join Arsenal in 2023.

The Athletic suggest the Gunners are more likely to pursue a move for a midfielder in the summer, and at that stage, Tielemans would be a good option.

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