Leicester City, which is aiming for promotion to the English Premier League next season, is doing its best to protect key resources that are receiving interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle.
British media ‘Team Talk’ reported on the 7th (Korean time), “With several EPL clubs targeting Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester is fighting to keep the two players in the team.”
Leicester is a club familiar to Korean soccer fans. Leicester achieved its first fairy tale by winning the EPL title in the 2015/16 season, which no one expected. Afterwards, they wrote a fairy tale once again by beating Chelsea and winning the FA Cup in the 2020/21 season.
Leicester suffered a shocking relegation last season, ranking 18th in the league. It has been 7 years since they won the EPL. Because of this, Leicester had to give up key players to other clubs. Attacking midfielder James Maddison, who played for Leicester, also transferred to Tottenham.
Leicester, who started the 2023/24 season in the Second Division Championship, has the possibility of returning to the EPL next year. Currently, Leicester is at the top of the championship with 13 wins and 2 losses (39 points) in 15 games. The first and second-place clubs in the Championship are promoted to the EPL next season without going through the playoffs, so Leicester is hoping to return to the first division. 안전놀이터
The players who are contributing to Leicester’s upward trend are Ndidi and Iheanacho. Ndidi has 3 goals and 4 assists in 15 games across all competitions this season. Iheanacho is the team’s top scorer with 6 goals and 2 assists in 17 games. Both players’ contracts expire in June next year.
According to ‘Team Talk’, Tottenham, Newcastle, and Aston Villa are targeting Ndidi. FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also reportedly made inquiries about him. Iheanacho is also receiving interest from several EPL clubs. It remains to be seen whether Leicester, who are writing the third chapter of their fairy tale, will be able to keep Ndidi and Iheanacho in the team.