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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists defender Wesley Fofana not for sale despite link to Chelsea

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has issued a hands-off warning over Wesley Fofana and reiterated his desire to keep James Maddison.

ewcastle have had a £40million bid for Maddison rejected while Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Fofana.

Rodgers is determined to keep his best players and is adamant defender Fofana is going nowhere.

He said: “No, he’s not for sale. When we looked at him he had made 17 league starts. Everyone had a look at him back then but he’s come here, really flourished and developed, not just as a player but as a young man.

“He really respects the club, I’ve got no doubt that in the future he’ll be on that (highest) stage but he’s very comfortable, he feels good here.

“He has a great relationship with his team-mates which is important and there’s no doubt he will grace that stage. But for now he’s here, he’s developing and like I said he’s not for sale.

“He’s maybe got an opportunity to get himself in the France squad for the World Cup and for that it’s about playing, so I’m pretty calm on it. I’ve had long chats with him.

“He can’t stop the speculation but he’s very concentrated on his work here and very focused on his development.”

Rodgers also wants to keep in-demand Maddison with the Foxes having already rejected Newcastle’s opening offer.

The manager joked after Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Sevilla that £40million would buy “three-quarters of his left leg”.

Leicester, the only top-flight side yet to make a signing this summer, still need to sell to bring in reinforcements but Rodgers insisted they will not be taken advantage of over Maddison or others.

“There is obviously, within the club, a financial situation which isn’t ideal in terms of wanting to do business. It doesn’t mean we will be exploited and we don’t want to be losing our best players,” he said

“You don’t want to lose your best players and then not be able to bring any in. That doesn’t stack up.

“With James, he is looking the best he has in my time here. He is a joy to work with. I love him as a young guy, seeing him grow from when I first came in to a 25-year-old father.

“He is really pivotal to us. There is no way I would want to sell him.”

Youri Tielemans, who has one year left on his deal, remains at the King Power Stadium despite reported interest from Arsenal.

Rodgers conceded the Belgium midfielder could still leave but Leicester are still waiting for offers.

“There is that possibility but there has not been anything for him, we haven’t had any approaches to the club yet on that,” he said.

“Of course it is in the back of the mind, that sort of what-if scenario, but he doesn’t want anything to drag on either.”

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