Leicester City could be forced to sell midfielder Dennis Praet this summer after the creative talent voiced his displeasure over his lack of game time last season.
According to The Sun, the 27-year-old has informed the Midlands outfit that he’s not prepared to sit on the bench again next term, meaning a return to Italian football could be on the cards.
The report claims that Brendan Rodgers is prepared to listen to offers for Praet, who has made it clear his future lies away from the King Power Stadium if he can’t get regular first-team minutes for the Foxes.
Praet joined Leicester from Serie A outfit Sampdoria back in August 2019 via an £18m deal, and he could be heading back to the Genoa-based club over the coming months.
After enjoying some success in his first campaign on English shores, the Belgium international was unable to displace the impressive Youri Tielemans, Wilfried Ndidi and James Maddison throughout 2020/21.
The former Anderlecht ace made just 10 Premier League starts last season and appeared only three times following his return from injury, openly admitting he was struggling to break into Rodgers’ plans.
“It is, of course, not easy to fight back into a team that is doing quite well. In the past few weeks, I didn’t take much playing time. Of course, that’s always a shame and painful for a football player, because you just want to play,” he said.
“Last season, I was often slightly deeper. More in the eight and thus in the place of Youri Tielemans. This season I mainly played as a 10. For that position, I am in competition with James Maddison.
“We are now playing with three or five in the back, and therefore, in a different system than in the beginning of this campaign. The regular midfield with Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi and Maddison is of course there. It really is a struggle to get a place there,” Praet concluded.
In truth, it’s hard to make a case for Praet deserves to start in Leicester’s imperious engine room. He’s scored just three goals and provided only five assists in 60 appearances for the Midlands outfit, highlighting the shocking form he’s been hampered by.
With Boubakary Soumare’s arrival expected to push the £16.2m-rated flop even further down the pecking order, an imminent departure looks to be on the cards, and it’s a solution that could suit all parties.