After photographs of Wesley Fofana wearing an Arsenal shirt went viral on social media, he apologized to Leicester fans.
The 20-year-old defender helped the Foxes win the FA Cup last month, capping off an amazing debut season in England, and his eye-catching performances have apparently made him a target for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is looking for a centre-back.
Arsenal fans, on the other hand, began to get enthusiastic about an implausible move for Fofana after photos of him posing in the Gunners’ 2020/21 home kit began circulating on Saturday evening.
However, a red-faced Fofana wasted no time in downplaying the significance of the photos, taking to Twitter to explain how he was “tricked” into wearing the shirt while on vacation in Dubai by “past friends.”
The centre-back was quick to point out that he had “no beef” with Arsenal, but that Leicester was “his heart’s desire.”
‘OK mates. I have been tricked by some former friends wearing an Arsenal jersey,’ Fofana shared in a post uploaded to his Twitter page.
‘I played a football game (as coach I cannot run) with some friends and at the end we exchanged jerseys.
‘I have been photographed in, what I thought, was my private sphere. I had obviously no thinking that what was a friendly game and joke will end up in social networks.
‘I feel sorry for our fans and angry against the guys that have seized the opportunity to make this bad buzz.
‘Sorry for all Arsenal friends, I have strictly no problem with the red but only the blue is in my heart.’
Since joining Leicester for £36.5 million from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne last October, Fofana has made 38 appearances in all competitions.
Arsenal recruited Fofana’s Saint-Etienne teammate William Saliba the previous summer, but he has yet to make a first-team start for the Gunners and spent last season on loan at Nice.
Meanwhile, Fofana has added an FA Cup winner’s medal to his collection and has been crowned Leicester’s Young Player of the Season, a fan-voted accolade.
When he signed a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium, the teenager committed to the club until 2025.