Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to keep hold of midfielder Nampalys Mendy over the summer, despite interest in the player, Leicestershire Live report.
The 26-year-old hasn’t started a game under Rodgers after being a regular under former boss Claude Puel, which has led to speculation of the player departing the club this summer.
The report suggests that there has been plenty of interest in the midfielder, however, no clubs were named over a possible move.
And talking to the media, Rodgers heaped praise on Mendy, explaining why the midfielder hasn’t been included in recent fixtures.
I really like him.
I think he has been unfortunate. It is all down to styles. I tend to play with one controlling defensive type player. Recently in some of the bigger games I have gone for two but even Hamza Choudhury has been playing more advanced.
The Northern Irishman then went on to address the Frenchman’s future at the King Power Stadium, admitting he wants to keep the player over the summer.
I think (Mendy) has a future but the style change… If you play with two controlling players he is great and I think he can do the role that Wilf has been playing and do it to a high level as well, but of course, he hasn’t played so much.
He is a player who has been outstanding in training. He has got on with his work and respects the position he is in, and I am sure there would be interest in him, but our plan is to keep what we have and look to add some more quality.
Mendy has regularly been used a late substitute under Rodgers, so if an offer comes in over the summer, the midfielder may well decide to move on, ending his three-year stay with the club.
Why Leicester should keep Mendy this summer
Mendy has proven his quality in the Premier League in his 31 appearances this season, especially under former boss Claude Puel.
Strength in depth
Selling Mendy this summer would leave the Foxes bare in the middle of midfield, especially if they are unable to sign Youri Tielemans permanently.
The midfielder has plenty of experience in France and now England, which will only benefit the young members of the Foxes squad in the future.
Build on successful season
Mendy has enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier League after his loan spell at Nice last year, so keeping hold of the player is crucial in terms of Leicester building on their 9th placed finish from this season.