Chelsea has achieved a breakthrough in their pursuit of Wesley Fofana, and a contract for the centre-back is expected to be completed soon.
This weekend’s match between the Blues and Leicester City is scheduled, but Fofana won’t play. He was left out of the lineup last weekend against Southampton, and manager Brendan Rodgers said he wouldn’t play against Stamford Bridge either.
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The former Saint-Etienne player, who the Foxes paid over £35 million for in 2020, now appears to be bringing in a hefty profit for Rodgers’ team with his transfer to London. After bringing in Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this summer, Fofana will be the Blues’ second senior centre-back acquisition.
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“He won’t be able to go out this weekend, Rodgers stated as much during the pre-game press conference. He trained with our Under-21 team”. According to him, it’s always about the players’ zeal and the extent to which they are prepared to dedicate themselves to the team’s culture. We must move forward if they are not in the proper frame of mind. As the window closes, everything will become more clear.
The former Liverpool manager wanted a quick resolution because his team was underperforming and was close to the bottom of the Premier League standings. The Athletic report that a deal has now been made for a player who, according to earlier sources, the Foxes valued at over £70 million.
Rodgers was asked if the ongoing drama could be likened to Harry Maguire’s exit. Maguire, an English defender, signed with Manchester United in 2019 for over £80 million, although Rodgers claimed there was a significant difference between the two defenders’ circumstances.
The Northern Irishman said it was nonsense and was quite different. Over the course of the summer, he was aware that it might occur.
“Harry was excellent up until the very last second, after which he shifted his mind to something else. It was unique. We are concentrating on the group”.
Leicester has one point after three games in the Premier League and is currently ranked 19th. In those games, they have allowed eight goals, the most of any team in the competition, but they also preserved a clean sheet against Stockport in the Carabao Cup, allowing a much-changed team to win on penalties following a goalless draw.
The previous time out against Leeds United, Chelsea suffered their first loss of the year. After learning who they will face in the Champions League group stage, last season’s third-place finishers, who have four points from their games, will be seeking victories.