Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted midfielder Youri Tielemans could leave King Power in the summer amid Real Madrid and Arsenal links.
The 24-year-old Belgian international, scored the lone goal in the for the Foxes in the FA Cup final against Chelsea last season to help his side win the trophy for the first time in the club’s history but the midfielder is yet to accepts the Foxes’ new contract offer, with his current deal expiring at the end of the next season.
Leicester City will be forced to offload Tielemans, if he maintains his stance next summer, or see him leave for free, with the top European clubs closely monitoring his situation at King Power.
Rodgers when asked about Tielemans future: “You always have to, that is key. I have said it before about the pipeline of players.
“You always have to be looking ahead, that’s important. Sometimes it happens unexpectedly, other times you know where the situation is at.
“He is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option. I would love it to be here at Leicester City but I understand it’s a very short career.
“For players it’s about ambition, the challenge and sometimes about a different environment. We have seen before that players will move on even after winning the Champions League.
“We have a close relationship, it’s really strong, I made a commitment to him when I first came in that we would improve him as a player and he believes in the environment. Once the players are committed, focused and professional it’s never a worry for me. You can see Youri loves being here and you have to respect these guys’ careers are short,” he added.
The King Power outfits are keen to land a central defender during this January transfer window though the Foxes are boosted by the return of James Justin, who has been out for 11 months with a knee injury.