Manager makes clear statement of intent regarding Arsenal transfer target

Arsenal appear to have taken a hit to their transfer plans as Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken out about the future of Youri Tielemans.

The Belgian international is currently just months away from becoming a free agent as he nears the end of his Leicester contract, leading to much speculation about his future at the King Power Stadium.

According to the Sun, Arsenal remain interested in Tielemans, and it’s certainly easy to see why Gunners manager Mikel Arteta would want to add the 25-year-old to his list of midfield options.

Arsenal lack the depth behind the likes of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka, but Tielemans would give them another reliable and proven option in that department, as well as offering something a little different for the team.

Still, perhaps unsurprisingly, Foxes manager Rodgers has sought to downplay speculation about one of his most important players, ruling out a January departure for him, suggesting the AFC will have to wait until at least next summer if they want to sign. Tielemans.

“It’s not something we’re thinking about and it’s not something the club said we need to do,” Rodgers told the Sun.

“We don’t want to unload our best players, that’s for sure.

“So there was no hint or indication that we need to generate money and move it forward.

“But, of course, there is a business side of the club that they will look into.

“We had a lot of long conversations over the summer. There is no doubt that even a young guy who is focused like Youri and very professional can make an impact.

“But he’s totally focused. He doesn’t let it affect him. He’s a first-class professional, he sees the game the way I see it.

“On the pitch he understands what’s going on inside the game and that’s all he can do – give his best – and his recent performances have been excellent.”

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