Brendan Rodgers has stated that if new owners remove Steve Bruce, he “will not leave Leicester for Newcastle” and that he is “totally committed to the Foxes.”

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BRENDAN RODGERS will not quit Leicester for Newcastle if Steve Bruce is sacked by the club’s new Saudi owners.

The 48-year-old left Celtic in 2019 to join the Foxes and has enjoyed a successful time in the Midlands.

He has steered Leicester to successive top six finishes in the Premier League and also led them to FA Cup glory last season.

But, amid constant speculation surrounding the future of Bruce, Rodgers has been tipped as one of the frontrunners to replace him.

However, it is now being reported that Rodgers will not show any interest in a possible Newcastle vacancy despite Leicester’s indifferent start to the 2021-22 campaign.

The Telegraph journalist John Percy said: “Brendan Rodgers will not be leaving Leicester for Newcastle if/when Steve Bruce is sacked.

“No interest in the job and fully committed to Leicester.”

Newcastle, who are now the richest club in the world after being taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, are yet to win a Premier League game so far this season under Bruce.

The Magpies are currently languishing in 19th place with just three points from seven matches.

Yet despite the terrible run of form, ex-England international Danny Murphy feels they should stick by their current boss.

He told talkSPORT: “You’ve got to be careful not to try and run before you can walk. The situation Newcastle are in now is precarious.

“They’ve got a manager in charge at the moment who has been there and done it in the lower echelons of the Premier League and dealt with that scenario before – even at Newcastle.

“Is there somebody out there who they can bring in who is going to be more equipped than Steve Bruce? That is ultimately the question.

“You can talk about the pleasing of the fans and the masses. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you quickly get Bruce out and get someone in to do it better.

“I think they will get rid because that’s what the fans want and they are trying to keep everybody happy at the moment with the takeover.

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“Who do they get in? There is no obvious candidate to come in for a relegation battle.

“There is a different conversation if you are asking me are there managers out there who are capable of working with new players, spending money and competing.”

If Rodgers is out of the running to replace Bruce, other names being touted for the job include Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre and Antonio Conte.

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