Rodgers rules out Chelsea target Fofana making return at Stamford Bridge


Brendan Rodgers said Wesley Fofana will not be involved against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the defender continues to train with Leicester’s under-23s. Rodgers said the situation with Fofana was “totally different” from when Leicester sanctioned Harry Maguire’s sale to Manchester United for £80m. Chelsea have had three bids rejected for Fofana, the latest worth about £70m.

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Rodgers said he would consider bringing back Fofana when the 21-year-old centre-back was “ready to commit to the team.” Fofana did not turn up for one training session last week and trained alone during another. He is understood to be keen on joining Chelsea and is thought to have agreed personal terms.

Rodgers reiterated that players must depart if he is to strengthen before the transfer window closes on Thursday. “[We’re] probably looking at a few players at least [leaving]to try and allow us to do some business to bring some in,” he said. “That’s been the model of the club in terms of a player moving on and releasing funds to bring in other players.”

Rodgers said he would not get downbeat despite Leicester being without a victory other than on penalties at Stockport County in the Carabao Cup. “I’m one of the last people who will lose my optimism,” the manager said.

Source: The Guardian