Transfer Talk: Leicester's Chilwell not for sale, says Rodgers

Leicester City's full-back Ben Chilwell is not for sale, club head coach Brendan Rodgers made it clear following links about Premier League rival Chelsea.

Ben Chilwell's impressive performances with Leicester City has garnered interest from Chelsea.   -  reuters

Leicester City will not be entertaining any bids for Ben Chilwell, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday as interest grows in the 23-year-old fullback with the transfer window set to open at the end of the month.

The window opens on July 27 in England and British media reports had linked Chilwell -- who has three goals and three assists this season -- with a transfer to Chelsea.

“He's a Leicester player, he's not a player that I'm worried about at all” Rodgers told reporters in a virtual news conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

“We've got a fantastic squad, one that we want to keep together. There's no intention for us to sell Chilwell and we don't need to sell Chilwell. He's not for sale.”

Chilwell will miss the last two games of the season due to a thigh injury as fourth-placed Leicester looks to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the club won the league title in 2016.

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Leicester is a point behind Chelsea and is above Manchester United -- which it plays on the final day -- on goal difference but Rodgers' side guaranteed Europa League qualification with Thursday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

“We all sat down at the start of season and said it would be huge challenge for Leicester to get into Europe,” Rodgers said. “So to do that in my first season here, to guarantee that is a phenomenal achievement.”

Champions League football would give Leicester a financial windfall but Rodgers said that although the “rewards are huge”, the club was not in dire need of the money.

“We're not a club who budget for a guarantee for Champions League football,” he added. “We're ambitious and we want to overcome any financial differences to get in there.”