Youri Tielemans insists he made the right decision by opting to stay at Leicester City this summer.
The midfielder was thought to be a target for Arsenal and a number of European clubs, but ultimately stayed at the King Power Stadium. He has featured in every game of the Premier League campaign so far, although Leicester remain winless from their opening seven games.
In fact, Brendan Rodgers ‘ side have picked up just a solitary point so far, leaving them rock bottom of the Premier League table. But the Belgian has now made it clear that he does not regret remaining in the Midlands for the final year of his contract.
Tielemans is away on international duty with Les Diables Rouges, with the 25-year-old hoping it can give him some welcome respite from Leicester’s awful campaign.
“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.”
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With his side propping up the table, Rodgers is coming under increasing pressure and is the bookies’ favourite to be the next manager to be sacked. The beleaguered boss admitted in the aftermath of the dreadful 6-2 defeat to Tottenham that he faces a fight to save his job.
“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,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“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.”