Youri Tielemans has rejected Leicester City’s new contract offer, and that puts
Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool on red alert.
NSL Learnt: Tielemans, 24, is not demanding an immediate move away from the
King Power, but he is showing no inclination to extend his current deal.
The Belgian’s contract is due to expire in 2023, and Leicester has been working hard
to persuade him to sign a new deal as they are aware of the major interest emerging
in him from both the Premier League and Europe.
Most of Leicester’s big Premier League rivals are monitoring his situation.
Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool hold interest whilst Real Madrid, Atletico
Madrid and Bayern Munich are also attentive on the continent.
Leicester had initially begun talks over an extension before the European
Championships in the summer, but Tielemans’ camp insisted they must wait until
Now Tielemans has told Leicester he is not in the right place to sign a long-term deal.
The midfielder arrived at Leicester in 2019 from Monaco, initially on loan, but then
joined in a near £40m permanent move.
Whilst Tielemans is very happy in the East Midlands and is grateful to them for kick-
starting his career following his struggles in Monte Carlo, it is understood that he has
told them that he sees himself playing regular Champions League football in the near
future as he believes he belongs at that level.
Leicester are clearly worried about the situation, but they have faith that manager
Brendan Rodgers will work his magic and persuade him to stay.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Europa League clash with Spartak Moscow,
Rodgers was full of praise for his Belgian star, but admitted there was little he could
do on the contract front.
“There will obviously be talks with the club in terms of his contract but I continue
to work with him and help him improve as a player,” he said. “That’s my only focus.
“He is an outstanding player, one of Europe’s top midfielders. He is integral to our
game and a joy to work with – a super professional. A young player with that focus is
great to see.”