Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has ‘categorically’ ruled out the sale of any of his stars ahead of the January transfer window.
The Foxes have enjoyed a superb start to the season and have emerged as surprise title contenders courtesy of a club-record eight-game winning streak, with Rodgers’ side currently second in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash with Norwich at the King Power Stadium.
The club’s impressive form has seen several of their star names linked with big-money moves away, James Maddison reportedly attracting the attentions of Manchester United while Ben Chilwell is rumoured to be a target for Chelsea.
Rodgers has now moved to shut down any speculation he could look to sell the club’s prized assets, insisting none of his stars will be allowed to leave in the upcoming winter window.
“There will be nobody leaving in January, categorically,” the Leicester manager said at his pre-match press conference.
“I am speaking regularly with (director of football) Jon (Rudkin) and Top (owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha).
“It is really clear, we want to keep this squad together. It is an exciting team with growth and development in it, so we want to ensure they stay around beyond January.”
Rodgers admits speculation will always emerge courtesy of his side’s fine form, and says interest in his players is unsurprising given their level of performance so far this season.
“It’s the nature of the game that when you are doing well there will always be speculation around you, (players like) James and one or two of the other boys, they understand that,” he added.
“But long may it continue because he (Maddison) has been absolutely brilliant and started the season very well.
“James is a bright young player with a big future. He had a great spell at Norwich, they had to sell him I understand because the club needed the money, and has continued to flourish here.
“He is very hungry to be better and that is what is key. He has been consistently very good and he has a great hunger for the game.”