Reports by Leicestershire Live have claimed Brendan Rodgers is yet to decide if Daniel Iversen will remain at Leicester City next season.
The Foxes are not rushing into a decision on the 23-year-old goalkeeper’s immediate future and will instead wait until he returns to the King Power Stadium in the summer.
Iversen is currently on loan at Preston North End and impressing with the Championship side, while it is expected that another temporary exit will be on the cards at the end of the campaign.
Rodgers may look to introduce the Denmark international into his goalkeeper selections next term with Eldin Jakupovic due to become a free agent in June. But Iversen is considered too good to simply serve as the back-up to Kasper Schmeichel and understudy Danny Ward.
Iversen has started all 22 available second-tier fixtures since joining Preston in the winter market, while keeping nine clean sheets – including in each of his last three games – despite the Lilywhites recording only four wins in his first 19 appearances.
Leicester firmly see Iversen as having a long-term future at the King Power Stadium and awarded him a new contract last June that ties his commitment to the club through to 2025, marking a potential nine-year stay following his youth team arrival in 2016.
Iversen recently stated that he hopes the Foxes will listen to approaches in the upcoming off-season regarding another temporary spell away, having enjoyed his time at Preston so far.
“We will wait to see – it’s not just up to me, I cannot say a lot and it is not in my hands,” he told Lancashire Live. “I will try to go on loan again next season. It’s been a step up in my career, now playing in the Championship and I have enjoyed taking a step up every year.”
Iversen is clearly showing his impressive potential in the second-tier since moving to Deepdale and would be foolish to allow his progress to stagnate by now accepting a seat on the King Power bench were he to return to Leicester for next season.
The Foxes should also be open-minded to the idea of sending the shot-stopper out on loan again, having failed to see Iversen break through into the first-team between lower-league loan spells since his arrival from academy side Esbjerg five years ago.
Having a full campaign of Championship football – or potentially in the lower reaches of the Premier League – may be just what he needs to take that step up, with Iversen drawing comparisons with Everton ace Jordan Pickford from Preston captain Alan Browne.
Leicester also have time on their hands to allow Iversen the chance to continue developing away from the East Midlands, given his long-term contract and Schmeichel having two years to run on his current terms before a decision must be made on the Foxes’ number one.