Premier League side “hopeful” of securing deal for rumoured Tottenham target


If reports are to be believed, Tottenham are set to invest heavily into their squad in the summer. One of the positions where Spurs seek to strengthen is the middle of the partk where Spurs are short on numbers after the sale of Mousa Dembele in January.

One player who has been touted as a possible replacement for Dembele, is fellow Belgian international Youri Tielemans.

The 21-year-old who is on loan at Leicester City from Ligue 1 club Monaco, has impressed during his time in England and was also linked with a move to Spurs (Telegraph).

Tielemans has shown that he is capable of handling Premier League football, and has become a vital part of the Foxes side.

Leicester manager Brendon Rodgers has said previously that he would like to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis in the summer.

Rodgers has now indicated that while he would like to work with the 21-year-old next season, he isn’t losing any sleep fretting about the transfer.

Speaking to Leicestershire Live, Rodgers said, “I haven’t really thought about it (Tielemans’ situation) much to be honest.

“I just enjoy working with players and we will see what we can organise at the end of the season. In the meantime, I want to help him improve.

“Not really, no (it doesn’t make him more difficult to sign). It is not my job. He came here on loan and I have to respect he is a Monaco player.

“Would I like to work with him more? Of course. He is a wonderful talent amongst the other talents we have, but that is something that hopefully can be organised between the two clubs, but in the meantime he is a joy to work with and to help him improve his game.

“Firstly he (Tielemans) works very hard on his game. He comes in at 8am and is in the gym doing his preparation work before training.

“He has got a lot of experience for a 21-year-old, if you look at his games record. He has played a lot of games.

“Technically he is very good and tactically for a young player. He has a great view of the game and understands football, and every time he trains to the maximum and then takes that onto the field, so he is a joy to work with and at 21 he is only going to get better.

“If you look at his record he shoots a lot from outside the box. It was very good. Both him and James are players who are doing their job well, pressing the game well and higher up the pitch, but when they have it their job is to create goals and score goals.”

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