Youri Tielemans: Leicester City midfielder bids ‘heartfelt farewell’ to supporters

Youri Tielemans has bid a "heartfelt farewell" to Leicester City fans in a video message on his Instagram account.
Youri Tielemans is wanted by all top European clubs (Image- BBC)
Youri Tielemans is wanted by all top European clubs (Image- BBC)

The Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans contract with the Foxes runs out this summer and will leave for free.

The 26-year-old, who scored the winner in the 2021 FA Cup final against Chelsea, leaves the King Power Stadium after relegation to the Championship.

"Dear Leicester City fans, after four and a half special years and with a lot of gratitude, I am bidding farewell to this incredible club," he said.

"From the first day I set foot on this ground, your warmth and passion embraced me.

"Victory and triumph, love, hope and even defeat, we have shared many special moments together. I am forever grateful for your unwavering support."

Youri Tielemans joined initially on loan from Monaco in January 2019 and his move was made permanent in a then club-record £40m deal in July of that year.

He made 195 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 28 goals. He also has 58 caps for Belgium.

A series of commanding performances in midfield under former manager Brendan Rodgers helped Leicester to top-half finishes in the Premier League and qualification for Europe, including a run to the Europa Conference League semi-finals last season.

"Thank you to Khun Top [Leicester chairman and owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha], the board, the staff, the players and fans for having given me and my family a home," Tielemans added.

"This is not a goodbye, but a heartfelt farewell, with pride, love and eternal gratitude."

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are strong contenders for Tieleman's signature as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of playing in Europe next season.

Speaking on The Walk On Podcast this monthThe Athletic's James Pearce stated about a Liverpool move for the Premier League star: "Tielemans I would put in the bracket of being a possibility just because he's free."

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