Chelsea transfer goal Wesley Fofana barely flinched within the stands after his Leicester team-mate James Maddison gave his side the lead against Southampton. The Frenchman’s sulky response was captured by a fan who was sat near the 21-year-old, who was disregarded of the match day squad by defiant Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.
Within the build-up to the match, the Northern Irishman had made it clear that any player that was not in the proper way of thinking wouldn’t be chosen to play for the club.
Fofana is continuous to push for a transfer to Chelsea behind the scenes after the Blues saw their opening two bids rejected, subsequently Rodgers didn’t feel he was able to be called upon.
Rodgers clarified his decision after also dropping Youri Tielemans to the bench: “One, a change in system and two, I discussed within the week, we’re coming right into a Premier League game and perhaps we’ve got players who’re perhaps not quite in the proper way of thinking.
“You possibly can’t carry them, or definitely we are able to’t. So yeah, that’s the rationale for the changes.”
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The Everton-linked centre-forward made an actual impact to equalise before bagging the eventual winner for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Rodgers had previously declared he’d seen no negative response from Fofana since transfer links to Chelsea began to accentuate.
He said: “Mentally he’s high quality, but as you’ll be able to imagine for a 21-year-old with the highlight on you, [the] talking about what you perhaps can earn at one other club, where you’ll be able to play, it’s a challenge, that’s the honest answer. He’s been absolutely sensible since his first day here.
“Yes, 100 per cent. If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the proper mindset, that won’t help us.
“Now we have to make sure everyone is actually focused to ensure that us to play one of the best game we are able to. I’ll all the time assess that after the sessions.”
Chelsea are expected to try their luck again with a 3rd, improved bid for Fofana – who’s now valued at £80m.
The Blues can have to pay a world-record fee to land the Frenchman – surpassing the £80m Manchester United paid to Leicester to sign Harry Maguire in 2019.
Leicester are still yet to make a summer signing but they continue to be determined to maintain hold of Fofana, though a major sale would unlock some transfer funds.