Foxes seal record Tielemans deal

Leicester have completed the club-record signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco.

Foxes seal record Tielemans deal

Leicester have completed the club-record signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco.

The midfielder takes the Foxes’ summer spending to nearly £80m (€89.2m) after penning a four-year deal with the fee for Tielemans believed to be around £40m (€44.6m).

The 22-year-old, who had been linked with Manchester United, spent the second half of last season on loan at the King Power Stadium.

He told the club’s official website: “It is such a great feeling to sign for this club. Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player.

“I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.

“I really can’t wait to get started again with this club and do everything I can to help my team-mates.”

Tielemans made 13 appearances scoring three times for the Foxes last season during his loan spell, which involved Adrien Silva moving to Monaco on a similar deal.

Silva remains at Leicester after the end of his loan but is unlikely to be one of their first-choice midfielders.

Belgium international Tielemans leaves Monaco two years after joining from Anderlecht for £21.6m (€24.1m).

He joins Ayoze Perez and James Justin as new arrivals under boss Rodgers this summer. Perez cost £30m (€33.4m) from Newcastle while right-back Justin joined from Luton for a fee which could rise to £8m (€8.9m).

Rodgers added: “To be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here. Youri’s already shown he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League, and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group here.”

Defender Ben Davies and midfielder Harry Winks have both signed new five-year contracts with Tottenham.

Wales defender Davies, 26, joined Spurs from Swansea during July 2014 and has made 168 appearances, scoring four times.

England midfielder Winks, 23, came through the academy before cementing his place in the first-team squad.

Meanwhile, former midfielder Ryan Mason had been appointed Spurs’ coach of the under-19 Uefa Youth League side.

Mason was forced to retire at the age of 26 after failing to recover from the fractured skull suffered while playing for Hull during January 2017.

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