Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Wesley Fofana and James Maddison are “flattered” by the interest being shown in them by rival clubs. Fofana has been linked with a mega-money move to Chelsea, while Maddison is attracting interest from Newcastle.
“There’s no one going out of here that the club don’t want to go out,” Rodgers insisted as he spoke about the duo ahead of his side’s Premier League opener against Brentford. “Talented players will always be coveted by so-called big clubs that will pay them more money.
“There has been an offer for Wesley, but not anywhere near the valuation that the owners would even think about. We don’t need to sell our biggest assets. I’ve spoken to Wesley and James at length.
“They were flattered, naturally. Wesley will be one of the world’s best centre halves and James is developing into one of the top players in the league. I know how football works. The minute they drive out of the training ground, I’m sure there will be agents and every Tom, Dick and Harry on to them.”
“As far as I’m concerned the players aren’t for sale. They are very important to us. It’s not about getting rid of our best assets and the club are very strong on this at this moment in time.”
Leicester endured a difficult campaign last time around as they could only muster an eighth-place Premier League finish. And they suffered disappointment earlier this week when star goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel departed the club after 11 years to join Nice. But if Rodgers can hold onto Fofana and Maddison, the Foxes could improve this time around and launch an assault on European qualification.