Claude Puel: Players will have to wait


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Leicester City coach Claude Puel insists he will not sit down with players who are out of contract next summer until after the festive period.

The Foxes are ninth in the Premier League table ahead of a tough few weeks domestically. Puel’s men take on Crystal Palace this weekend, before further matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Cardiff before the end of December.

Leicester also take on City in the EFL Cup next week and Puel is determined to delay any contract talks.

Striker Shinji Okazaki and defensive duo Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs are all out of contract in June. Fuchs has already confirmed he will move on, while Simpson is expected to follow suit.

Both Morgan and Okazaki may stay but Puel is keeping his cards close to his chest. He told the Leicester Mercury: “I am happy with Shinji. He has a fantastic mentality and is a fantastic team-mate.
All the time he gives his best like other players.

“We don’t take any decision on the future at the moment, and on the futures of other players. Our focus and concentration is on the team and on all the games we have to play in December and January.

“At the moment I will just focus on this squad and we will see in time the decision we make for the player.

They know the football. All the players out of contract at the end of the season can have some trouble with the transfer window and their future.

“It is not a time for contracts. It is time for players to participate in a good squad with a good feeling and mentality. In time we will discuss or not with some players. It is the life of a football club in the season.”

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