Leicester boss Rodgers hails Tielemans after draw with West Ham

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hails Youri Tielemans after recalled midfielder sparkles against West Ham amid contract impasse… but he is left frustrated after conceding another late set-piece in draw

  • Youri Tielemans set to leave Leicester this summer after failing to sign new deal 
  • Belgium midfielder was restored to the starting XI for the draw with West Ham 
  • He equalised with a penalty before producing a sparkling second-half display 

Youri Tielemans looks increasingly likely to leave Leicester this summer with no progress made in discussions over a new contract.

The Belgium midfielder was restored to the starting XI for the 2-2 draw with West Ham and equalised with a penalty in the 45th minute before producing a sparkling second-half display.

Although boss Brendan Rodgers said Tielemans had not turned down a new deal, all signs are that he will depart at the end of the campaign as the 24-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2023 – meaning he could leave for free if he were still at Leicester at that stage.

Youri Tielemans scored a penalty after being restored to Leicester’s starting line-up on Sunday

Rodgers said: ‘He has not declined (a new contract). His position is exactly the same. He is a fantastic player and there has been no movement. He has worked well and until his last days here, he will always give his best. He is a top professional and you saw his commitment today.’

Leicester’s second-half display was their best for some time yet they were undone again by their weakness from set pieces as Craig Dawson bundled in the equaliser in stoppage time – the 11th time Rodgers’ men have conceded from a corner in the league this term.

‘We know we have had difficulties with set pieces, we are aware of that,’ acknowledged Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira, who scored their second goal. ‘We knew we needed to concentrate more and we have to have to do better.’

Frustrated at watching their side let in another late goal, some Leicester fans booed at full-time. 

The midfielder equalised with a penalty before producing a sparkling second-half display

Rodgers added: ‘You can mark zonally or man-to-man at set pieces but you have to have that will to head it. Some anxiety has built up around the situation and to concede was deflating when we were set up to defend it.’

Hammers manager David Moyes was upbeat after watching his team stay firmly in the race for a top-four finish. 

He said: ‘I hope it’s a really valuable point at the end of the season. We were playing a team who have great players, who won the FA Cup last season and were not long ago league champions. We beat them at home earlier in the season so take a point here is not a bad result.

‘’In the first half I felt we gave them a leg up. We mustn’t forget where we’ve come from. Once you’re up there in fourth you want to squeeze every last drop out of the players.’

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted with Tielemans’ display against West Ham

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