Youri Tielemans has brushed off speculations about his future with Leicester City, focusing instead on the European Championships with Belgium.
The City midfielder has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks after making an emotional figure on City’s final day of the season.
Tielemans’ contract with City expires in two years, and the club is trying to extend it. While the Belgian has always expressed satisfaction at the King Power Stadium, the lack of Champions League football has fans worried that their player of the season may be lost.
However, life at City isn’t on Tielemans’ mind right now as he concentrates on Belgium’s Euro 2020 success, with the world’s top-ranked team looking to build on their 3-0 win over Russia with a win over Denmark on Thursday.
When questioned about his future, Tielemans said:
“I don’t think about it. I am focusing on the Euros. I don’t listen to transfer rumours. No matter how much I am valued, it doesn’t change anything for me. I just want to make the best Euros I can.”
And when asked if he could be a Gini Wijnaldum replacement at Anfield, he said:
“That’s really none of my business right now. Let the journalists speak. They undoubtedly have a lot to do with that.
“But I don’t care about that. All I can do is make sure that I am as good as possible on the pitch.”
A clash with the Danes in Copenhagen is at the forefront of Tielemans’ mind.
Both teams will be affected by the events of Saturday, when player Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, according to Tielemans, who revealed that he had spoken to Denmark goalkeeper and City teammate Kasper Schmeichel about the incident.
“I sent a message to Kasper Schmeichel to wish him good luck,” Tielemans said. “It’s hard for everyone. It’s sad but everyone knows what happened and we’re not going to go back over it. I’m just going to say a big thumbs up to the medical teams for their work.
“It will be emotional. You can’t forget what happened in a few days. You can never really forget it.
“I know the mentality of Kasper. He is a warrior who is definitely going to want to win after what happens happened.”