Leicester midfielder considered retiring from football

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Imagine watching your team-mates win the Premier League. Then you’re also on the sideline as they grow further. That’s Matty James’ Leicester City experience.

Matty James is a midfield operator with undoubted aptitude, who learned his trade in Manchester United’s globally acclaimed youth system. Leicester City were right to sign him, and ethically sound to support the player as he endured injury after debilitating injury.

Sadly James sat out the entire 2015/16 title-winning campaign; the Fox has described how difficult it is to sit and watch team-mates from the sideline. Along with how athletes such as himself can sustain mental torment from those scenarios.

Leicester City’s Matty James considered quitting

In fact, James – who is currently on loan at Barnsley – admits that he considered retiring from football. But he now credits Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers as well as physio Dave Rennie, who’s now departed King Power Stadium, with making him reconsider.

"“There was a moment where I did think: ‘Should I give in?’ ‘Should I continue?’“It was because of my kids really because I couldn’t do anything with them. I was spending more time on crutches and I wasn’t myself. And I thought, longer term, is it going to be better for me?“But I had good conversations with certain people, Brendan, the physio Dave Rennie, who’s been amazing, the psychologist. We just went through different scenarios and something clicked. I woke up one morning and my pain wasn’t as bad.”– Matty JamesRead more at Leicestershire Live"

In all honesty, it does not appear to me that James has a future on Filbert Way. Unless he shows incredible talent and gives very notable displays in the Championship with his loan club. Obviously it’s not an impossibility that the midfielder could find his way into Rodgers’ plans: back-up and support personnel are always needed. But a lesser Premier League team would be my guess as an eventuality for the 29 year old.

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Elsewhere in King Power news, midfielder Youri Tielemans said the away win at Arsenal was a very important result for the Foxes. Additionally, the Belgian international told lcfc.com that he and his team-mates were unsure if Jamie Vardy would feature in the game. However, the striker was the match-winner following Tielemans’ terrific key pass to Turk Cengiz Under, who proceeded to play a perfect assist for the former England player.