Brendan Rodgers plans to keep Papy Mendy

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is in no rush to sell midfielder Papy Mendy this summer.

The 26-year-old Frenchman has been used sparingly by Rodgers since the former Liverpool and Celtic boss succeeded Claude Puel in late February and it had been suggested that Mendy would be allowed to move on.

He made just nine appearances in his first two seasons with Leicester following his £13million transfer from Nice in the summer of 2016 and spent the 2017/18 campaign back on loan with the French side.

Mendy was a regular during Puel’s time at the King Power Stadium but slipped out of the first-team picture again following the arrival of Youri Tielemans in January. Rodgers has preferred to use Wilfred Ndidi rather than Mendy in the holding midfielder role but insists:

“I really like Mendy. I think he has been unfortunate. It is all down to styles. I tend to play with one controlling defensive type player. “Recently in some of the bigger games I have gone for two but even Hamza Choudhury has been playing more advanced.

“He is a player who has been outstanding in training. He has got on with his work and respects the position he is in and I am sure there would be interest in him. However, our plan is to keep what we have and look to add some more quality.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City are 1.62 to win the 2019/20 Premier League title and Leicester can be backed at 201.00. Pep Guardiola’s team are 1.22 to beat Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

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