The likes of Man Utd and Chelsea have received a transfer blow as Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insists no one will depart the club in January.
The Foxes have made a brilliant start to the season as they sit in second place in the Premier League table after 16 games, and are gradually emerging as the most likely candidate to be Liverpool’s closest title rivals.
Brendan Rodgers and his men sit eight points adrift of the Merseyside Reds, but time will tell if they can continue to influence and put pressure on them as the months go on.
Pivotal to their hopes of competing will be their ability to keep their best players at the King Power Stadium, and Brendan Rodgers has delivered a no-nonsense message as far as that’s concerned by insisting that no one will be departing the club in January.
“There will be no one leaving in January. Categorically,” said Rodgers, as quoted by Sky Sports. “It’s pretty clear we want to keep this squad together, it’s a very exciting team with a lot of growth and development in it. So we want to make sure that they stay around and beyond January.”
With that in mind, it will be a blow for both Man Utd and Chelsea, as they’ve been massively inked with raids on Leicester next year for two targets in particular.
As noted by the Metro, the Blues have been linked with a swoop for Ben Chilwell and will be free to launch a bid after their transfer ban was lifted, while The Sun note that Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for James Maddison.
Based on the quotes above from Brendan Rodgers though, neither of his star men will be moving on in January, unless either was to push for an exit and complicate matters.
Given how well Leicester City are playing and competing though, it would be a major surprise if anyone desired to leave midway through the campaign.