Brendan Rodgers insists he is relaxed about Yuri Tielemans’ future as talks on a new deal for the Leicester midfielder continue.
Tielemans, 24, told Sky Sports News he is “keeping his options open” with his current deal set to expire in 2023.
Rodgers said in February he wanted to keep the Belgium international, who joined Monaco for a record £ 35million in 2019, for the long term.
“There’s no drama with that. It’s just the reality of the situation,” Rodgers said.
“It only becomes a problem for me if there is a lack of commitment or if there is not the same intensity, but that was never the case with Youri.
“It is natural, he is a very talented player who is in discussions with the club and we will see where that takes us.
“I have no idea [why it is dragging on], I focus on football and make sure he is the best player he can be, giving him the support, the environment and the culture.
“He is a top professional and it is a pleasure to work with him and while he is here – as long as it is – he will always give and I will always give the best for his development.”
Leicester begin their Europa League campaign at the King Power Stadium on Thursday against Napoli, who have won their three Serie A appearances this season and beat Juventus on Saturday.
Two fifth consecutive Premier League places and a first FA Cup triumph in May have raised expectations, with captain Kasper Schmeichel looking for more progress.
“We’re in a very good position, we’ve had a lot of success lately but that means you have a choice to make. Are you happy with that or do you want to progress and move on?” Said the goalkeeper. start.
“That’s what this club wants to do. The club continue to show that in supporting the training ground, stadium expansion and the transfer market.
“The club is always looking to improve. This is the most important thing for me, when you are in a successful organization the hunger is always there.
“You can’t get complacent and shy. That’s when you take your foot off the accelerator. We always have to look for the sequel. We can’t use the past for nothing, that past is done.
“There are still a lot of steps we can take, we are looking to improve every day and this season is another opportunity.”