The future of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has been a hot topic in recent months.
Named City’s player of the season last year and hero of the FA Cup final as the club won the trophy for the first time in their history, it is perhaps not surprising that there are speculation about its long-term future. .
City have been in contract talks with the Belgian since ahead of the summer transfer window and are keen to tie him to a new deal to tackle reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
If a new deal is not signed, Tielemans will enter the final year of his contract at King Power Stadium ahead of next summer’s transfer window.
This will lead to even more speculation as to whether his future lies far from Leicester City.
With that in mind, here is the latest news on Tielemans’ future and contract talks …
Real Madrid’s plan
Real Madrid are the latest club to be linked with an interest in Tielemans ahead of next summer’s window. Reports in Spain indicate that the Spanish giants are “very interested” in the man in the city.
ElNacional claim Real Madrid are reportedly looking to leave midfielder Casemiro in “exchange” for Tielemans, with the club in awe of the Belgian’s ability to play anywhere in the midfield.
Casemiro has played in all of Real Madrid’s La Liga games so far this season, except one, as a second-half substitute in the weekend’s shock 2-1 loss to Espanyol.
Full story here.
Leicester “braces for the worst”
Leicester City’s recruiting squad will be on the lookout for potential replacements for Tielemans as they “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” for the midfielder’s future, as Athletic reported.
The report says that while there is still no panic surrounding the player’s future, with a contract offer still on the table, City will already be looking for a potential successor if Tielemans decides not to commit his future to the club.
The Belgian is said to be “not desperately looking to leave Leicester” and is happy at the club, raising hopes that he will sign a new deal.
However, City’s start to the season means qualifying for the Champions League has become a bit more difficult, which could impact Tielemans’ decision.
Tielemans “open to everything”
The midfielder himself gave the latest information on contract negotiations, saying he was “open to anything”.
City have been in talks with the player and his representatives since ahead of the summer transfer window with a deal to be made.
Asked by Sky Sports about the situation, Tielemans replied, “There isn’t really an update. I’m open to anything.
“The transfer market just closed. I’m just trying to keep as many options as possible.
“As long as I’m here I’m going to give the club my all, I’ve done it before, but I’m going to give even more.
“The contract situation is just something happening in football. It’s just a normal situation. There are ongoing discussions. I’m not saying I’m going to sign, but I’m not saying I’m not going to sign.
Fresh Man United claims emerge
Leicester City’s Yuri Tielemans will be the next “big battle” in the transfer window next summer as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United want the Belgium international.
Transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano took to his YouTube channel to provide an update on the midfielder who was linked with a money transfer to Liverpool this summer.
But Tielemans, who is reportedly in negotiations for a new contract at King Power Stadium, has stayed put and is an integral part of the Foxes’ hopes for a top-four finish this summer.
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Fans react to the latest links
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona put Youri Tielemans on their wanted list as the Leicester City midfielder was set to be the next big transfer battle.
Respected transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has told his YouTube subscribers that “many clubs” want the Belgium international this summer to be put off by the transfer fee.
Leicester fans were quick to react to Romano’s claims and the fact that United are supposedly interested in his signing.
We took a look on Twitter to see what they had to say.
Contract at the latest
Leicester City are hopeful that Player of the Season Youri Tielemans signs a new contract with the club.
The City player of the season, and their hero in the FA Cup final victory at Wembley, has been the subject of transfer rumors this summer with admirers reported by Liverpool.
With less than a week to go, City are confident they will keep the Belgian at the club, but would like to both reward him and strengthen their own hand by tying him to a new deal.
Tielemans has two more years on his current contract and would risk leaving for deflated fees if he were to leave next summer.
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What Tielemans said
Asked about his future for the first time since the transfer window opened, Tielemans said: “I don’t think about it. I am focusing on the Euro. I’m not listening to transfer rumors. No matter how valued I am, it doesn’t change a thing for me. I just want to make the best bucks I can.
Then, when it was suggested to the 24-year-old that he could replace Wijnaldum at Anfield, he replied: “It’s really none of my business right now. Let’s let the journalists speak. They probably have a lot to do with it. .
“But I don’t care. All I can do is make sure I’m as good as possible on the pitch.”
The “misunderstanding” of the city explained
Tielemans revealed the real story behind his “lap of honor” for City at the end of last season.
Tielemans looked moved as he greeted the fans after City’s 4-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium in late May.
The midfielder was alone, separated from his teammates, and his appearance sparked speculation among fans that he was in fact saying his goodbyes.
“Apparently it had been agreed to do a lap of honor with the team. Only: I didn’t know anything about it. When I saw my teammates enter, I did not understand … “, he would have declared to the journalist Kristoff Terreur.
“Then it turned out that they were just getting together inside, but I thought at that point: what a shame for the fans.
“Just when they were allowed to come back into the stadium and we were lucky enough to give them something back.
“I decided to go and applaud them on my own.
“It was all a big misunderstanding. “
What the experts say
Former City striker and coach Kevin Phillips believes the club could struggle to keep the player if Liverpool strike.
“I think everyone is available at the right price,” Phillips said.
“I don’t think Brendan Rodgers would want Tielemans to go but I think when Liverpool come knocking on your door and talk to your agent the player will listen and probably want to go.
“Especially now that Leicester won’t get Champions League football next year after missing narrowly when Liverpool did, it’s a big draw for any player.
“So if Liverpool were to find out and make an offer, this could be one of those where it is difficult to stop the player and refuse the deal, so it will be interesting.”
What Rodgers Said
Asked about extending Tielemans’ contract in February, City boss Rodgers said: “I would be very excited, obviously we would like to extend his stay here.
“He was able to come in and in the last two seasons he has shown the qualities and the improvements he has been able to make. He’s a really, really important player.
“It’s a pleasure to work with him, he’s incredibly mature for a young man, and you can see the consistency of his performance. He has a few years left (on his contract) in the summer, and I know that is something the club will talk to him and his representatives about.
“With the ball, he has quality. His decision making is so good, whether it’s to play the first time or to dribble with it into space. But also his communication, you’ve heard him talk all along. His game handling is so good.
“He’s been exceptional for us all year. At 23 (now 24), to play with that level of understanding of the game and quality, I’m very happy he’s on my team.”