The key-quotes from Brendan Rodgers pre Manchester United press conference
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley at King Power Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester City return to Premier League action at the weekend following the international break. The Foxes host Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Foxes will be looking to turn their recent poor run of form around having only won one out of their previous seven fixtures in all competitions. A 2-0 win over Millwall in the Carabao Cup was the Foxes last win.

City boss Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturdays clash.

On recent speculation regarding Newcastle United

Over the past couple of days, the Leicester boss has been linked with a move away to Newcastle United since their takeover by a Saudi led consortium. 

Rodgers has dismissed the rumours, stating he is happy with the Foxes:

"I've got a contract till 2025. I absolutely love being here. I'm very fortunate. I've got a great chief executive who runs the club, a director of football I have a close relationship with, and a group of players that I really really enjoy working with. We have an infrastructure here that allows us to look to compete, so for me, as long as they don't want to move me, then I'm very happy being here at the club.”

The international break

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The international break came at a good time for the Foxes, having not performed as well as they have done recently, the international break was a perfect opportunity for Rodgers to regroup and re-evaluate where it’s been going wrong:

"The international break has been a great opportunity to reflect. We look at resetting, improving, and getting back to the fundamentals of the game. We need to get back to pressing and syncing together, playing dynamic football which allows us to win games."

Summer signings

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Summer signings Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumaré are slowly adapting to life in England. Soumaré has been playing more regularly in the league as of late. With Daka having to be more patient, mainly getting minutes in the Carabao Cup and UEFA Europa League.

Rodgers spoke about how his new signings are adapting to life in the British topflight:

"Our new players are adapting to the pace of the Premier League, new players coming in always take a little while to adapt. We have strengthened our squad with the new signings and hopefully we will see that across the season."

Injury Update

Rodgers has spoken on the fitness of his squad going into Saturday’s game, including updates on several players.

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Jonny Evans hasn’t featured for the Foxes since playing 90 minutes in the league cup win against Millwall after suffering a foot injury. The 33-year-old missed going away with Northern Ireland over the international break.

On Evans recovery Rodgers said: "We’ve had a plan for him this week, unfortunately, it meant he wasn't able to go away with his international team, but there was a plan to try and allow him to arrive into the game tomorrow. Hopefully, all being well, after the session today, it looks like there’s no other effects, but we’ll just confirm that tomorrow.”

Jannik Vestergaard picked up a slight knock whilst away with Denmark as they secured qualification to next year’s World Cup Rodgers said: “Jannik Vestergaard has picked up a knock while he’s been away and we’ll just assess that. Otherwise, the guys look super focused. We're ready for this next block of games."

Rodgers spoke about Wilfred Ndidi who is currently out with a hamstring injury:  "He’ll probably join the group, I would say, in the next international break. Over the course of this section of games, he probably won’t be available. We’re hoping that by then he’ll be back."

Foxes’ fans will be delighted to hear the positive updates Rodgers gave surrounding the recovery of long-term injuries of James Justin and Wesley Fofana. Justin who has been out since February with and ACL injury is expected to return to the group shortly. Rodgers said:

"In terms of JJ, he's working so hard and it won't be too long, in the next few weeks, we can see him joining the group, maybe around the next international break. He's looking very, very good, so he'll be a huge plus for us when he comes back.”

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On Fofana who fractured his fibula in pre-season, Rodgers said: "Wesley is ahead of schedule. He is a young player who has devoted everything to his recuperation and recovery. He's looking very strong, so hopefully not long after the Christmas period, he could be back, which would be brilliant news for us, going into the second half of the season."

And finally, Rodgers has confirmed the Nigerian International Kelechi Iheanacho is “100% fine” after an injury scare whilst away with Nigeria. Iheanacho was withdrawn early from Nigeria’s first game but played 90 minutes for them only a few days later.

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