Rodgers: Ndidi is Irreplaceable

Published on: 18 February 2021
Rodgers: Ndidi is Irreplaceable
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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has described Wilfred Ndidi as “irreplaceable” amidst increasing speculation that the Nigerian is a major transfer target.


The 24-year-old midfielder has been on Leicester’s books since 2017 and has established as one of, if not the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League.


He underlined this with a brilliant performance in the Foxes’ 3-1 home win over champions Liverpool last week, even providing an assist for the final goal of the match.


The Super Eagles player will surely be a wanted man in the European summer transfer window, with rumours that the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are keen on signing him.


This is not news to Leicester manager Rodgers, who says he is delighted to have Ndidi in his team but acknowledges that his quality will see him linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium.


“He’s one of the top players in world football. His quality in his football is improving all the time,” said the Northern Irish coach.


“He is irreplaceable for us. He’s fantastic for a young player. What is pleasing as a coach, is that he wants to learn. He will improve and get better. I’m so happy he plays in my team.”


Ndidi will hope to feature for Leicester in their UEFA Europa League last 32, first-leg match away to Slavia Prague on Thursday night, followed by a Premier League clash away to Aston Villa on Sunday.