Leicester manoeuvre to prevent starlet from joining Man United, Arsenal

Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) /

In order to attempt to retain an extremely promising right-back starlet, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers took a clever step.

Full contact training has returned to King Power Stadium and it’s a blessing to behold. Excuse me but: ‘get in, football’. Right, sorry about that – exclamation made! It just feels very exciting to, hopefully, be able to see Leicester City back in action in under three weeks.

Watford will likely be the Foxes’ opponents. With Manchester City versus Arsenal penciled in to kick-off the Premier League restart. The only other fixture presently confirmed is Aston Villa against Sheffield United. That is if no more positive tests for coronavirus are confirmed among English top-flight stars, which could jeopardize proposed proceedings.

Leicester City aim to retain starlet

In confirmed news this week, the King Power club promoted five promising youth stars to their senior squad: George Hirst, Luke Thomas, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Viktor Johansson and Dennis Gyamfi, as per Leicester Mercury.

Now, you may have read our fairly recent article explaining how important it is for Leicester City to keep Gyamfi. His scholarship contract expires soon; whilst Arsenal and Manchester United also simultaneously track the defender, apparently. Presumably Brendan Rodgers knows exactly what he’s doing by maneuvering in order to encourage the player to sign a new deal. Maybe the 18-year-old is even going be a substitute, with Ricardo Pereira injured and James Justin set to deputize.

While to some observers it may seem rather obvious to upgrade an impressive youth player to the first team from Under-23s to achieve this aim, rarely will it have been done with the Gunners and the Red Devils in hot pursuit of an asset.

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Naturally the youngster is unlikely to see first team action in the remainder of the 2019/20 term. However, in Gyamfi’s eyes this undertaking might be felt sincerely as a statement of intent regarding his bright future on Filbert Way.