“He can come here and develop and flourish more as a player. He then may have other choices again later on but from a football and family perspective, this was the best option for him.”
United were indeed an option for Tielemans in the summer, but it was all dependent on whether Paul Pogba was sold to Real Madrid. Tielemans was not prepared to wait, and informed both Monaco and his representative that a permanent move to Leicester was the preferred next step in his career.
Jon Rudkin, the club’s director of football, was worn down by weeks of bartering with Monaco but agreed a deal shortly before Leicester flew to France for a pre-season training camp.
Tielemans is now fully settled in north Leicestershire with long-term partner Mendy – they met in their early teens while Tielemans was at Anderlecht – and last month they welcomed a new addition to the family: daughter LeSteven Gerrard has spoken of his trial with Manchester United as a junior.Gerrard, now Rangers manager, admits he played alongside United Treble hero Wes Brown.“It was strange, really, because I had a lot of letters come in at the time to go and trana, who is the baby sister of Melina.
“For Youri, football and family is key for him,” said Rodgers. “I think he wanted to come to a club not just for his football, but for the family. Bringing a young wife here, this is a club which is absolutely the perfect fit for him because it’s a really good family club, a community club.
“He came back a little bit later in pre-season and wasn’t quite up to speed, but now he’s up to that level with his fitness. He’s got a wonderful view of the game for a 22-year-old, compared to lots of 22-year-olds I’ve worked with. He’s got a real football brain, he understands the game absolutely 100 per cent. He’s been given a great education in football and he takes that onto the field.”
Tielemans is already in Leicesonathan Biabiany has declared Frank de Boer the “worst” Inter Milan coach in the club’s history.De Boer, now in charge of Atlverpool and their Champions League win.Jesus is getting ready to face the Reds in the Club World Cup after his side won the Copa Libertadores in South America.Flamengo claimed the crown after defeating River Plate, thanks to two goals from Gabriel Baanta United, lasted just months with the Nerazzurri.Biabiany, now with Trapani, told ITA Sport Press: “For me, he was the wter’s ‘leadership group’ – which consists of Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans and Ben Chilwell – and when you speak to people about his career the one striking aspect for many is his maturity.
He only turned 22 in May but it feels like he has been around for years, one of Belgium’s most hyped young talents. Captain for all of Anderlecht’s teams at junior level, he made his senior team debut as a 16-year-old and was the Belgian player of the year in 2017. The move to Monaco later that year never really worked out, mainly due to a fractious relationship with manager Leonardo Jardim, but joining Leicester has sparked his career back into life.
With an eye for goal and a wonderful wide range of passing, he is one of the catalysts for the press which Rodgers feels is so crucial to his high-intensity style of play.
Only Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have made more passes into the final third than Tielemans this season, while he has provided more assists than any other Leicester player since February.
Leicester appear genuine contenders to secure a top-four finish, and last week booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and signing Tielemans was a huge statement for Rodgers.
“I think he gets recognition but he’s not overly bothered by it,” said the Leicester manager. “That’s not why he plays the game. He plays the game to win and be the best he can be. He really is a fantastic player.”