Brendan Rodgers confirms Leicester DID have rejected £70m third bid from Chelsea for Wesley Fofana

Brendan Rodgers confirms Leicester have rejected another Chelsea offer for Wesley Fofana which was worth £70m… as he blasts the defender for MISSING training and bans him to the Under-23s ‘to control any distractions’ surrounding his future

  • Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester have rejected another offer for Wesley Fofana
  • Chelsea have been linked with Fofana and reportedly offered £70million on Tuesday
  • However, the Foxes rejected the offer as they are holding out for an £80million valuation.
  • Rodgers also confirmed Fofana missed a first-team training session last week
  • The Foxes boss has revealed the defender is now training with the U23s as a result

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea target Wesley Fofana was left out of the matchday squad after failing to show up for first-team training last week and therefore had worked with the under 23s.

After being dropped from the squad for Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League loss to Southampton, with Rodgers claiming the defender was not in the right frame of mind to play, Fofana was out again on Tuesday as the Foxes advanced to the Carabao Cup third round with a 3-1 penalty shootout win at Stockport.

Before the game, it was reported that Leicester had turned down a third bird from Chelsea for Fofana, and Rodgers said in his post-match press conference: “An offer has been sent and it has been rejected.”

Brendan Rodgers (pictured) has confirmed Leicester have rejected another offer for Wesley Fofana

Fofana (pictured) is wanted by Chelsea

Brendan Rodgers (left) confirmed Leicester rejected another offer for Wesley Fofana (right) on Tuesday, while also revealing the defender missed a training session last week.

“Other than that, I’m not 100% on the other details as we were focused on the game.”

Rodgers then revealed that the 21-year-old Frenchman last week ‘didn’t show up for training one day – hence the reason for the weekend, not being involved’.

And he said: “He’s been training with the Under-23s so he can get fit for football and keep working.” It’s so important at this point to control any kind of distractions that might be there.

“He’s a good boy, it’s just been a really tough situation for him. I’ve had players many times in my career who can deal with it, deal with it, get away with it, want to help their teammates. There are others who just can’t handle the distraction.

Rodgers has revealed the 21-year-old defender is now training with the Under-23s

Rodgers revealed the 21-year-old defender is now training with the Under-23s ‘to control any distractions’ surrounding his future

Rodgers added that while the situation regarding Fofana's valuation was up to the club

Rodgers added that while the situation regarding Fofana’s valuation was up to the club

“Of course it distracts them and that’s not quite fair, and they miss a training session, so you need the full commitment of your players.

“These guys are well paid. The least you can do is introduce yourself. And if you don’t, with all due respect, you can’t just think you can fit into our group.

“But like I say, day to day he’s a good lad – he just struggled to deal with it all, and while he’s in that mindset he struggled to play. “

Rodgers added that while the situation regarding Fofana’s valuation was up to the club, he hoped for a quick resolution one way or another.

He said: “Of course, if that (his departure) happens, the sooner the better because it might allow us to do some work (in the transfer window).”

After being admirably held at bay by League Two Stockport for 90 minutes to a 0-0 draw, Leicester prevailed in a shootout that saw debutant keeper Daniel Iversen make three saves.

Fofana was again absent in the Foxes' Carabao Cup second round penalty shoot-out win over Stockport

Fofana was again absent in the Foxes’ Carabao Cup second round penalty shoot-out win over Stockport

The hosts are currently 21st in the fourth tier, having returned to the Football League this season after an 11-year absence.

Hatters boss Dave Challinor said: “A brilliant night with no dream ending if you wish, but really proud of the effort we’ve put in.

“To bring a Premier League side to the penalty shootout is a great achievement, just a shame we couldn’t make it an amazing night rather than a really good one.”

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