Wesley Fofana has been told to train with Leicester City’s Under-21 team after trying to push a transfer to Chelsea, according to Brendan Rodgers.
With their most recent offer of £70 million being rejected on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel’s team has now had three bids for Fofana rejected.
Prior to Leicester City’s weekend loss to Southampton, Fofana was absent from a training session and was therefore not included in the matchday squad.
The 21-year-old still has five years left on his current deal, thus Leicester City is holding out for a price in excess of £80 million for him.
‘An offer has gone in and has been rejected,’ Rodgers said of Chelsea’s latest bid on Tuesday evening.
‘That will be the club’s decision. It’s ultimately over my head, when he goes, what the valuation is, and whether the clubs can find an agreement.
‘From a football perspective, if it happens, the sooner the better, because it might allow us to do some work.
‘The club are aware as time goes on that it becomes more difficult but the valuation needs to be met for Top and the other board members to be happy.
‘He’s not training with the first team. He’s training with the Under-21s so he can get his football fitness and keep working.
‘It’s so important at this stage to control any sort of distractions that may be there. I can only pick players who give that full commitment to play for the first team. If not, he trains with the Under-21s.
‘He’s a good kid, Wesley, it’s just been a real challenging situation for him. I’ve had it a number of times in my career where players can cope with it and get on and want to help their team-mates.
‘There are others that can’t deal with the distraction. That distracts them, it’s not quite right, and then they miss a training session.
‘These guys get well paid, the very least you can do is turn up. If you don’t, with all respect you can’t just walk into our group. Day to day, he’s a good kid, but it’s been hard for him to deal with everything while he is in the right frame of mind. It’s been difficult for him to play.
‘He didn’t turn up for training one day. That was last week, hence the reason for the weekend and not being involved.’