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EPL English Premier LeagueTielemans says Leicester exit 'not out of the question'

Tielemans says Leicester exit ‘not out of the question’

Youri Tielemans says leaving Leicester City this transfer window “is not out of the question” amid ongoing links with a possible move to Arsenal.

The Belgium international is into the final 12 months of his Leicester contract.

And has also previously been touted as a target for Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

He has impressed across his three-and-a-half-year stay at Leicester, the 25-year-old having scored 18 goals and assisted the same amount in 120 Premier League games.

That ranks Tielemans in the top 10 midfielders in the competition since his debut in February 2019 regarding goal involvements, while he is sixth for successful passes (5,477).

The Anderlecht youth product is understandably attracting interest from elsewhere.

And he has not ruled out the possibility of exiting the King Power Stadium in the coming weeks.

“That is not out of the question,” Tielemans, who scored the winning goal for Leicester in the 2021 FA Cup final, said at a news conference while away on international duty.

“I feel very good at Leicester and was welcomed with open arms from day one. I’ll give everything to the club until the last day.

“But of course, you have to listen to other opportunities and look at your career.

“And sometimes you have to make choices. Maybe one will come my way.”

Tielemans started 29 games for Leicester in the Premier League last season – the most of any outfield player.

And reached double figures for goals and assists combined (10).

Discussing Tielemans’ future in March, Brendan Rodgers accepted the midfielder would have the final say on his future.

Rodgers said:

“He’s got an extensive choice to make at some point. We’d love him to stay, and we want him to stay.

“He’s been a massive part of my time here.

“It’s an absolute pleasure working with him and seeing his progress.

“But he has to take his time and decide, and if he feels that this is the place for him to be, we’ll be delighted.

“But I always respect a player’s choice, as I’ve said many times, as long as they’re committed.

“Give everything and behave as you’d expect, then there’ll be no drama.”

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