Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell remains a prime target for Manchester City this summer as Pep Guardiola looks to add another left-back.
The City boss admitted he is looking to strengthen his options for the left-side of his defence amid concerns over the injuries picked up by Benjamin Mendy.
Chilwell, like most of Leicester City’s squad, has been buoyed by the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as the club’s new manager and stated this week that he sees no reason for any player to want to leave.
Chilwell said: ‘There’s no reason why any of us should move on. I’ve never seen it so energetic around here. Everyone’s happy to see one of the biggest managers in the world coming to the club.’
City, though, are firm admirers of 22-year-old England international Chilwell and the fact he is homegrown makes him an even more attractive proposition.
City defender Mendy is currently out with a meniscus injury and Guardiola confirmed: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen but we are thinking about the chance to find some players in that position.
‘Today he (Mendy) is not fit. It (injury) happened two seasons, it can happen three. Hopefully not, he’s working on that, but the truth is we have only been able to use him a few games, that is the reality.
‘So at the end the strongest guys are there every day and that is the truth, so that is why we are looking maybe for next season.’ Leicester would be loath to lose such a talent as Chilwell who would command a substantial fee considering he only signed a new five year contract last October.
Rodgers helped develop Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, who is also wanted by Premier League clubs this summer, and Chilwell recognises his new manager could help improve him even further.