Leicester City have enjoyed a fabulous summer so far, securing the signatures of several exciting acquisitions, but it could be about to get even better for the Foxes.
According to Leicester Mercury reporter Jordan Blackwell, the Midlands outfit have entered negotiations with key midfielder Youri Tielemans over a new contract.
Blackwell’s report states that: “Tielemans is the priority, and talks have been ongoing for a while with him,” indicating that the technically gifted 24-year-old could be set to commit his future to the Midlands outfit.
News that Tielemans is currently in talks to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium will certainly leave the club’s supporters absolutely delighted.
The Belgium international has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most promising young talents since making his initial six-month loan move from Monaco permanent back in July 2019.
In 110 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ charges, Tielemans has scored 17 goals and laid on a further 19 assists, and played a pivotal part in Leicester’s maiden FA Cup success last season, scoring the winning goal against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
His impressive performances over the last couple of campaigns have caught the eye of some of English football’s giants, though, with Liverpool heavily linked with a move for the £49.5m-rated ace in the current window.
However, a formal offer for Tielemans never materialised, and Rodgers will be delighted to have his midfield maestro around for the foreseeable future.
The Anderlecht academy graduate’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023, meaning Leicester could be forced to part ways with their prized asset in 12 months’ time or risk losing him on a free transfer.
Therefore, getting him to put pen to paper on fresh terms would be a significant coup for the club.
In the past, Leicester have made a habit of selling one of their star players each year, with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Harry Maguire all departing for astronomical fees.
But now it appears that faze in their development has passed. Under Rodgers, the Foxes have achieved consecutive fifth-place finishes and have claimed two pieces of silverware, outperforming the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the process.
Convincing their top talent that their ambitions can be achieved at the King Power Stadium was always going to be the next step in their progression, and it seems as though they’re making solid steps in that regard.