Transfer: Brendan Rodgers confirms rejecting two Chelsea bids for Leicester City star

Brendan Rodgers

Manager Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City has confirmed that the team has turned down two offers from Chelsea for centre-back Wesley Fofana.

Chelsea began the bidding at £60m, as previously reported, but quickly increased that offer to £70m. Leicester is still being difficult, though, and is seeking to get rid of the Frenchman, 21, for more than £80 million.

Despite the fact that Fofana is now pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, sources close to the negotiations believe Chelsea will soon receive a bid for that sum.

In the meantime, Rodgers has persisted in saying publicly that Fofana is not for sale.

“There have been no new bids this week,” the Leicester boss told a press conference. “There were two [bids], but nowhere near what the club would consider. We’re not looking to sell.

“Naturally if there’s interest from other clubs, that is looked at by the club. He’s a top young defender and there are not too many around his age.”

Rodgers urged the center-back to continue growing at the King Power Stadium for at least another season, even though he admitted that any potential signings would be contingent on first offloading players.

“Another year for him at least would be really important for his development,” the boss continued. “Wesley is quite calm on the situation. He is aware of the interest. He’s just getting on with his work.”

On the impact of the speculation, Rodgers added: “It can affect the whole group if you don’t manage it. You have to keep your eye on the ball. But everyone is focused on doing their best in games for Leicester City. For Wesley himself, communicate openly with him.”

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