Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes that keeping hold of their star players is a good indication of the ambitions of the club. In the past, their star players have joined bigger clubs in the country. N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, and Ben Chilwell have all departed to Chelsea while Riyadh Mahrez and Harry Maguire joined Manchester City and Manchester United respectively. Harvey Barnes signed a new long-term contract with the club while James Madison decided to stay after he was linked with a move to the Arsenal.

“Players have felt the need to move on and further their careers, which is fine, and that’s the nature of the game,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said. “It will always happen and some of the biggest clubs in the world will lose their players. You’ve always got to be preparing this pipeline of players going forward so if you do lose them you get the next ones coming in. That’s something we are very clear on as a club.”

“I just think this summer the players have been able to reflect on where we’re at as a team and a club and feel they want to be a part of that, which is great news,” he added. “There have been things this year around James (Maddison), but the reality of that is it was all paper talk, gossip, because there was never an inquiry, never a bid. There was no drama there.”

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