Leicester City eye £20m profit from Youri Tielemans as midfielder holds out on contract decision
According to Het Nieuwsblad, Leicester City’s FA Cup hero Youri Tielemans will hold out on signing a new contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side until the end of the season.
Tielemans is eager to discover whether or not Champions League football will be returning to the King Power Stadium next term before he commits his future to the Foxes.
The battle for a top-four finish is likely to go down to the wire with Chelsea and Liverpool hot on Leicester’s heels, although a win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night could seal the Foxes’ place.
Tielemans is happy at Leicester two years on from the East Midlands’ outfit turning his loan spell from AS Monaco permanent for £40million (The Sun), but could look to secure a move away without the prospect of Champions League action.
It is unlikely that the 24-year-old will try to force a move away, however, as Tielemans is still expected to put pen to paper to a new contract that will significantly increase his current wage, but Leicester are readying themselves for any potential bid.
The Foxes would demand around €70m (£60.2m) to sell Tielemans in the event that any side wishes to raid the King Power Stadium, where the 37-cap Belgian international has featured 49 times this season including starting 35 of his 36 Premier League appearances to date.
Tielemans’ new contract has long been expected to make the midfielder one of Leicester’s top-earners to ward off interest from Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain (90min), and recent reports from The Telegraph suggest a deal is near to competition.
Leicester would certainly be reluctant to part with Tielemans following his FA Cup final heroics against Chelsea, and lose a key part of Rodgers’ system who often sets the benchmark for other Foxes stars to match through his sheer professionalism.
Rodgers also lauds the Belgian for his ‘wonderful football brain’ that allows him to ‘trust’ Tielemans to see out his vision for matches (Sky Sports), as the midfielders’ technical ability is so high despite only turning 24 earlier this month.
The Foxes boss has even dabbled with handing Tielemans the captain’s armband this term, to show the leadership skills that the nine-goal, six-assist talent brings to the field, and must see that Champions League football is secured to stop any thoughts of him leaving.
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