Brendan Rodgers confirms Wesley Fofana will miss Chelsea clash

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal clashes with Wesley Fofana of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 13, 2022 in London, England.

Wesley Fofana will not take part in Leicester City’s match with Chelsea this weekend amid the Blues’ ongoing pursuit of the defender, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Chelsea have had multiple bids for Fofana knocked back by Leicester this summer already. 90min understands it will take an offer of at least £80m in order for the Frenchman to make the move to Stamford Bridge, with both Chelsea and Fofana frustrated at this impasse.

Leicester travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to face Thomas Tuchel’s side, and Fofana – who has been dropped from the first team after missing a training session in an attempt to force a move – will not be available for selection, according to Rodgers.

“He won’t be available for for the weekend. He has trained with the with the Under-23 squad,” Rodgers confirmed.

“My concentration is with the players that we have in the team so I can’s lose energy thinking too much about it for myself, but it’ll be something that will be done between the clubs. Until that happens and we have the continued to work with what we have.”

Leicester’s £80m valuation of Fofana is equal to that they had for Harry Maguire prior to his move to Manchester United in 2019, and Rodgers was asked to compare the handling of the two situations.

“It was very different. In terms of his behaviour and focus, Harry was fantastic, right until the last minute,” the boss said.

Rodgers added that James Maddison, who has endured a fine 2022, is also likely to miss the trip to Chelsea with injury.

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