Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers denies Youri Tielemans has rejected new deal

Toby Cudworth
Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Youri Tielemans at Leicester for the long-term
Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Youri Tielemans at Leicester for the long-term / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says midfielder Youri Tielemans is yet to respond to the club's offer of a new contract.

The 24-year-old is one of Europe's hottest midfield properties, and has just two years remaining on his contract at King Power Stadium.

90min understands that Leicester have been working hard to persuade him to pen a new and improved deal - with interest mounting from a number of top sides from around Europe - and have been told that Tielemans has rejected the chance to extend, for now, as he's keen to weigh up his options.

But Rodgers, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Leicester's trip to Brentford, has attempted to defuse the situation, insisting the offer put forward to the Belgian's representatives is yet to be responded to.

"There's reports, but there's (been) no turning down,' Rodgers said. "I think there's just dialogue between the club and Youri's people. I think the club are waiting to hear back. But that's something that's out of my control. What I can control is his mentality, his commitment to the team, and you cannot question that."

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are among the sides interested in signing Tielemans, and there's also interest from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich - a reflection of how highly the Belgian is thought of around the continent.

Though he's unwilling to sign a new contract, that's not to say Tielemans isn't happy at Leicester.

He's not pushing for a move away from the club, nor is he ungrateful for what the club have been able to offer him. Indeed, sources indicate that he's grateful for reigniting his career after a difficult spell at Monaco, but says he still harbours ambitions of playing regularly in the Champions League.

Rodgers, meanwhile, is simply focused on continuing to get the best out of a player who has started Leicester's last 64 Premier League matches; a current record stretch for any outfield star in the division and one Tielemans will hope to extend against Brentford - he faces a late fitness test after picking up a calf injury last time out against Spartak Moscow.

"My role is to improve him as a player, to ensure he's focused and his commitment is on his performance and the team," Rodgers continued. "I don't think you can argue against that. He's not lost any focus whatsoever. He's a really gifted young player. I love working with him.

"'I understand the nature of the game. If his commitment and focus changes, then it becomes an issue. But I don't see that with Youri at all. He's just so professional. He's a really respectful young guy.

'His representatives have a job in terms of trying to do the best they can for him. I try to concentrate on the football side and give him my best."

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