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Tielemans put through his paces in first training session after joining Leicester for £40m

Youri Tielemans decided to sign for Leicester rather than wait for any potential interest from Manchester United, according to Sky Sports News.

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The 22-year-old penned a four-year contract with the Foxes after they agreed to pay a club record £40million to Monaco for the midfielder.

Tielemans had been named as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba if the unsettled midfielder leaves Manchester United this summer.

Tielemans’ agent was willing to wait to see if Real Madrid and Juventus made a move for Pogba despite there being no contact and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actively pursuing other targets like Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.

But Tielemans was keen to commit his future to Leicester after impressing on loan at the King Power Stadium last season.  

Tielemans scored three goals and provided four assists in 13 Premier League appearances on loan at the Foxes last season. 

Tielemans became Claude Puel’s final signing as Leicester boss when he joined on loan in January. 

Puel was sacked the following month and replaced by Brendan Rodgers, who convinced him to extend his stay.

‘I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey,’ said Rodgers. ‘It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have. 

 

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