Youri Tielemans 'close' to signing new Leicester contract

Jamie Spencer
May 17, 2021, 10:30 AM GMT+1
Youri Tielemans is expected to sign a new long-term contract at Leicester
Youri Tielemans is expected to sign a new long-term contract at Leicester / Pool/Getty Images

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans is ‘close’ to signing a new long-term contract with the club following his match-winning performance in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Tielemans scored one of the best goals in FA Cup final history to seal Leicester’s first-ever FA Cup trophy over the weekend, capping off another fine season for the Belgium international.

Youri Tielemans
Tielemans was Leicester's FA Cup final match-winner / Pool/Getty Images

90min first revealed last October that Leicester are keen to agree and new and improved deal with Tielemans, who at that time had already been the subject of discreet enquiries from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter checking on any potential availability.

Fast forward six months and the Daily Telegraph now writes a new deal is almost complete, with talks having been ongoing for the past few weeks.

Tielemans only has two more years left on his current contract until 2023, which means now is a good time time for Leicester to arrange fresh terms in order to keep him long-term.

As 90min explained back in October, the 24-year-old is happy at Leicester and is grateful to the club for giving him the chance to kick-start his career following a disappointing spell with Monaco.

Since arriving in January 2019, initially on loan prior to a £40m permanent transfer, Tielemans has also been impressed with the direction that Leicester have been heading in and was happy to see ambitious recruitment last summer with the arrival of Wesley Fofana.

Tielemans has an ambition of playing Champions League football again, having previously played in the competition with both Anderlecht and Monaco, but has long believed Leicester are fully capable of helping him make that dream a reality.

Tielemans has ambitions of playing in the Champions League
Tielemans has ambitions of playing in the Champions League / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Third in the Premier League table with two games left to play, Leicester will return to the Champions League next season if they can hold their nerve in the final fixtures.

Fifth-placed Liverpool cut the gap on the Foxes to just three points after winning their game in hand, although fourth place Chelsea are currently more in danger of being caught, while Leicester still firmly control their own destiny.

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