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Leicester boss Rodgers 'relaxed' over Chilwell rumours and hails 'phenomenal' Vardy

Thu 18 June 2020 | 14:46

Ben Chilwell and Jamie Vardy were among the topics Brendan Rodgers was asked about at Leicester City's Thursday news conference.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is "pretty relaxed" over transfer rumours regarding Ben Chilwell and hailed Jamie Vardy's "phenomenal" story as he approaches a Premier League landmark. 

England left-back Chilwell has been the subject of reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Foxes are said to be confident of keeping Chilwell at the King Power Stadium, though, with Leicester on course to qualify for the Champions League, while he still has four years to run on his contract.

Finding a replacement that represents value for money could also prove difficult, as was the case when Leicester sold Harry Maguire to Manchester United last August.

Rodgers, whose side return to Premier League action following the coronavirus-enforced break at Watford on Saturday, is confident Chilwell remains focused on helping Leicester achieve their goals.

"I'm sure you can imagine the answer,  there's no need to comment on it now," Rodgers said during a virtual news conference on a day where it was confirmed captain Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Eldin Jakupovic had all signed one-year contract extensions.

"He's come back, Ben, he looks absolutely fantastic. He's been able to go away, reflect on his game, everything he's done, he's been exceptional. 

"We're pretty relaxed on it, it's a sequence the club is used to now, over these last number of years, but when you have a talented group of players, they're always going to make the headlines. 

"I'm pretty relaxed, he's a fantastic boy to work with, outstanding young player, very driven to help us achieve what we want to this year."

Rodgers was also asked about Vardy, who needs just one more goal to chalk up 100 in the Premier League.

The 33-year-old's rags to riches story has been well documented and Vardy did not make his Football League debut until the age of 25.

Having risen through the pyramid to join Leicester from Fleetwood Town in 2012, the striker has become a Premier League winner and earned 26 England caps since moving to the Foxes.

"His story is absolutely phenomenal. Into professional football at 25, I read somewhere his first competitive game at the top level was only a few years ago, at 27," Rodgers added. 

"It's absolutely remarkable and it shows you the talent the guy has and the spirit and drive the guy has. 

"No doubt he'll get to that, pretty much sure he'll go well beyond it. 

"It's a phenomenal story Jamie's, but he'll go beyond it. He's super fit, super fast, I think he'll enjoy every minute, he'll get back to the level he was very quickly."

The Premier League returned on Wednesday with a double-header between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, and Manchester City and Arsenal.

There were many who advocated not finishing the season, with Watford striker Troy Deeney last month saying he would not return to training due to fears for his family during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rodgers said any member of his squad would be supported should they decide they did not want to play.

"100 per cent [they would be supported] that has always been the case, that question has gone to each player," said Rodgers, who himself recovered from coronavirus during the league's suspension. 

"The players are full of confidence here for the work the club has done but of course if there was any doubt, my relationship has always been open with the people and the players, they wouldn't have to play, it's as simple as that."

source: SportMob