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Brendan Rodgers reveals Wesley Fofana’s punishment for forcing Chelsea transfer

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Wesley Fofana is now training with Leicester City's Under-21s
Wesley Fofana is now training with Leicester City’s Under-21s (Shutterstock)

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Wesley Fofana has been ordered to train with Leicester City’s Under-21s after attempting to force through a move to Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have now seen three bids rejected for Fofana, with their latest offer of £70 million turned down on Tuesday.

Fofana missed a training session in the build up to Leicester City’s defeat to Southampton at the weekend and was left out of the matchday squad as a result.

Leicester City are holding out for a fee in excess of £80 million for the 21-year-old, who still has five years remaining on his current contract.

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‘An offer has gone in and has been rejected,’ Rodgers said of Chelsea’s latest bid on Tuesday evening.

‘That will be the club’s decision. It’s ultimately over my head, when he goes, what the valuation is, and whether the clubs can find an agreement.

Leicester City are holding out for a fee in excess of £80m for Wesley Fofana
Leicester City are holding out for a fee in excess of £80m for Wesley Fofana (REX/Shutterstock)

‘From a football perspective, if it happens, the sooner the better, because it might allow us to do some work.

‘The club are aware as time goes on that it becomes more difficult but the valuation needs to be met for Top and the other board members to be happy.

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‘He’s not training with the first team. He’s training with the Under-21s so he can get his football fitness and keep working.

‘It’s so important at this stage to control any sort of distractions that may be there. I can only pick players who give that full commitment to play for the first team. If not, he trains with the Under-21s.

‘He’s a good kid, Wesley, it’s just been a real challenging situation for him. I’ve had it a number of times in my career where players can cope with it and get on and want to help their team-mates.

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‘There are others that can’t deal with the distraction. That distracts them, it’s not quite right, and then they miss a training session.

‘These guys get well paid, the very least you can do is turn up. If you don’t, with all respect you can’t just walk into our group. Day to day, he’s a good kid, but it’s been hard for him to deal with everything while he is in the right frame of mind. It’s been difficult for him to play.

‘He didn’t turn up for training one day. That was last week, hence the reason for the weekend and not being involved.’

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