Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has disclosed the true story behind the Foxes’ “lap of honor” at the end of the 2020-21 league campaign.
Tielemans appeared emotional as he saluted the supporters following Leicester’s 4-2 loss to North London club Tottenham at the King Power Stadium in May, with best Australian casino sites analyzing several rumours.Embed from Getty Images
The versatile midfielder stood on his own, away from his colleagues, and his appearance sparked rumour among fans of the club that the Belgian was in fact bidding the club farewell.
Tielemans has since been linked with a move to Premier League giants Liverpool in this summer’s window after the Foxes narrowly missed out on a UEFA Champions League place for the second successive year.
Once again, the King Power club were denied on the last day of the league as the defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs left them fifth on the Premier League log, behind Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City.
Tielemans himself –presently on international duty with the Red Devils of Belgium at Euro 2020 – responded to the latestrumor at a presser on Monday.
“I don’t think about it,” he said. “I am focusing on the Euros. I don’t listen to transfer speculations.Embed from Getty Images
When it was put to Tielemans, 24, that he could be a replacement for Dutch defender Gini Wijnaldum at Anfield Stadium, he replied: “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.”
Tielemans has also attempted to clarify any confusion over his post-match actions following the game against Tottenham.
“Apparently it had been agreed to make a lap of honor with the team. Only: I didn’t know anything about it. When I saw my teammates walk in, I didn’t understand it…” he is quoted as saying by football journalist Kristoff Terreur via online casino usa.
“Afterwards it turned out that they were just gathering inside, but I thought at that point: what a shame for the fans.Embed from Getty Images
“Just when they were allowed back in the stadium and we had the chance to give them something back.
“I decided to go and applaud them on my own.
“It was all a big misunderstanding.”
Tielemans started his playing career at Belgian side Anderlecht, where he played 185 official matches and netted 35 goals across four campaigns. The midfielder lifted the league title on two occasions and in 2017 was selected as the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year. Tielemans is the youngest Belgian footballer to play in the UEFA Champions League, playing his first match in the Prestigious European club competition at just 16 years and 148 days. After two seasons in France at Monaco in the Ligue 1, the versatile midfielder joined Premier League side Leicester City in 2019, initially on loan and then for a fee in the region of £32 million. He netted the only goal of the 2021 Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea FC.