Brendan Rodgers suggests that Leicester prepare for Youri Tieleman’s departure

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that the club are already planning for life without midfielder Youri Tielemans, who remains linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Belgian has entered the last 18 months of his contract and has been in talks about an extension for months now, with no positive solution in sight.

Arsenal are said to be keen to bring Tielemans to the Emirates Stadium this month, while Liverpool and United have been tipped to move for the 24-year-old this summer.

Sources, however, have confirmed for 90min that Leicester have not yet given up all hope of convincing Tielemans to stay, although they are increasingly worried that they are facing an impossible battle.

“You always have to [plan for life without players]”That’s the key,” Rodgers said of Tieleman’s future (via The Telegraph). “You always have to look ahead, it’s important.

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“Youri is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to make sure he looks at all the options. I would love to be here in Leicester, it’s natural, but I understand it’s a very short career.

“When the player is committed, focused and professional, it’s never a concern for me. With Youri, you can see his joy of being here, he loves being here and you have to respect these guys’ careers are short.

“If we’re going to lose one, we have to be ready for the next one to come in.”

Arsenal are looking at a number of midfield goals in January, with manager Mikel Arteta worried about the lack of depth in that position in his team. Juventus’ Arthur Melo and Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes are two of his top targets, along with Tielemans.

Rodgers acknowledged that he understands why Tielemans is keen to evaluate his future, adding: “For players, it’s about ambition, the challenge and sometimes it’s about a different environment. We’ve seen it many times before.

“The team has won the Champions League and the player will move on. That’s the nature of things. For me, I can only worry about continuing to improve him as a player, keep him focused and let everything else be taken care of.”

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