Youri Tielemans has claimed he is “open to anything” regarding his future after a whirlwind final 48 hours in the January window saw him join Leicester City – but Newcastle United could be buoyed by his comments.
Belgian outlet HLN claimed on January 30 that Newcastle wanted to sign 21-year-old midfielder Tielemans before the January deadline from AS Monaco. But they were not alone in their pursuit of the Belgium midfielder.
The 19-time Belgium international has been in decent form for Leicester. He has scored once and created two more goals in his six appearances – he has started all three matches under Brendan Rodgers.
Now, Tielemans has told Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad that he is willing to rejoin Monaco, join Leicester permanently or indeed any other side. He is yet to make a decision on his future beyond the loan until the end of the season.
“I remain a Monaco player. I am definitely not going to say anything else (smile). I’ll be back this summer and we’ll see. I am open to everything. For Monaco, but also for Leicester or another team,” Tielemans said.
If Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is to keep Rafa Benitez at the helm, he needs to promise to bring in big-name players. Tielemans would be the perfect example.
Given that Benitez is clearly a fan of the ex-RSC Anderlecht skipper after being linked in January, Ashley should go out of his way to sign the midfielder – and build a team around a prospect regarded as one of the best in Europe.
It would surely persuade Benitez to stay on Tyneside. The Sun claimed in January that Tielemans was worth around £20million – a figure Ashley has proved he is capable of stumping up, after buying Miguel Almiron for £21million.
Tielemans’ comments should not only convince Newcastle to move as he would be a top midfielder for The Toon, but also because it would give Ashley the best chance of keeping Benitez at St. James’ Park.