Leicester City are working to tie Wes Morgan down to a new contract at the club, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.
As quoted by The Scottish Herald, the Foxes boss discussed how he plans to reward the experienced centre-back with a new deal as he looks to highlight the defender’s importance to his plans.
Morgan has been a mainstay for Leicester over the past years, and led the club to their unprecedented triumph in the Premier League during the 2015/16 season.
His influence has waned somewhat, but Rodgers remains keen to keep the veteran defender at the King Power Stadium for the foreseeable future.
Morgan’s deal at Leicester ends this summer, but the Foxes manager is determined to extend his stay.
I’ve spoken to the club and I would like him to get a year. He is ready if needed and of course he understands the position he is in – that he won’t start every game. It happens to the best.
As long as he can respect and understand where he is in the team and what the role is I would love to have him here. He has made clear he would love to be a part of this. Hopefully, between now and the end of the season we’ll resolve something.
He will have a part to play, even if it’s not starting. He is at that stage, and it comes to them all, but the thing with Wes is he still makes a valuable contribution to us.
The 35-year-old started in Rodgers’ first game at the club last Saturday, with Leicester succumbing to a late 2-1 defeat away at Watford.
Why a new deal for Morgan can be good news for Leicester
Morgan has a vast amount of experience. This will be invaluable for Rodgers as he leads a young group into a new era.
Morgan is the clear leader of this Leicester squad. He has long been the club’s captain and will continue to set an example.
Leicester have plenty of young players, namely at the back. Caglar Soyuncu, and Filip Benkovic, next season are likely to be guided by the experienced Morgan.
Rodgers will have plenty of defenders at his disposal, and Morgan will be a solid rotational option next season.