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Youri Tielemans makes bold claim despite Leicester City’s poor start

Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans maintains that he made the right choice by deciding to remain at Leicester City this summer.

Youri Tielemans maintains that he made the right choice by deciding to remain at Leicester City this summer.

Although the midfielder attracted interest from Arsenal and other European clubs, he ultimately stayed at the King Power Stadium. He has played every game so far in the Premier League season, despite Leicester’s winless start to the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ team has only earned one point thus far, placing them at the very bottom of the Premier League standings. However, the Belgian has now made it clear that he has no regrets about completing his contract in the Midlands.

Youri Tielemans is currently on International duty with the Belgian National team.

“I’m not going to speak too much about my contract situation at the moment. My family is very happy there [in Leicester] and that’s important. I didn’t leave in the summer as I always said the project had to be the right one,” he said.

“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret [staying]. Whether you are in your last contract year or not, it’s also not the case that I talk to the club every day about my extension or not. That’s work for my agent.

“In the end I will decide. There was talk of different clubs, but I won’t go into that. I’m happy to get a bit of fresh air here [with Belgium] because it’s tough at Leicester right now. It’s clear that things are not going well at the club. We are doing everything we can as a team.

“At Leicester, the consecutive defeats have affected us as a group. We need to benefit from this break to recharge our batteries. It’s hard to get it off my mind as it keeps running through my head. Only my kids sometimes prevent me from thinking about it.”

Brendan Rodgers has faced a lot of criticism for his side’s performances and is bookies favourite to be sacked next. Speaking after their 6 – 2 loss to Tottenham, Rodgers told Sky Sports:

“Whatever their [the owners’] decision is, I will always respect it. I think we’ve seen enough. I felt the team tonight, if you watched them play in the first half, you could see the confidence and creativity. It’s just cutting out mistakes,” 

“There is no doubt we’ve had a tough first seven games, especially after the summer we’ve had – Tottenham away, Arsenal away, Chelsea away, Manchester United at home and a couple of other games we should win.

“It [the international break] has probably come at a good time to reset everything, break the cycle from the summer as well. The owners will do what it is they feel they need to do. I’m not daft.

“I know football. The last six games don’t make great reading. But I have every confidence the team can push on and climb the table if they play like they did in large parts and cut out mistakes.”

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