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Foxes won't sell big names, insists Rodgers

 

Firm stance: Brendan Rodgers
Firm stance: Brendan Rodgers

By Nick Purewal

Brendan Rodgers says no player who he wants to keep will leave Leicester in the January transfer window.

Rodgers is determined to keep intact a squad who have taken Leicester to second place in the Premier League, and who have a real prospect of playing in the Champions League next season.

But playmaker James Maddison has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, while fellow England international Ben Chilwell is also reportedly attracting interest from rival clubs.

"Nobody will leave here that we don't want to go," Foxes manager Rodgers said ahead of today's FA Cup third round tie with Wigan.

"I think we've had a couple of enquiries in terms of loans and for some of our younger players.

"But the players that are always talked about and mentioned, there will be nobody going."

"We know if we're going to be playing European football next season we're going to need depth, but January is a difficult month."

Leicester are in the market to strengthen over the next few weeks, with Rodgers keen to build on an excellent first half of the season.

But the Ulsterman says he is happy to work with the players he has if no new faces are brought in.

"I think we'll see if we can improve the squad, and if we don't then we'll have to wait until the summer," Rodgers said. "But we're in a really good place and we don't want to stockpile.

"They have to be players that are going to improve the squad. If I don't sign anyone I'm so happy to work with the players I have.

"That's because I know there's still a lot of improvement to make and that the right player hasn't been available to us.

"So I don't worry about that because we put our focus into the team and the players here."

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