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Chelsea: Brendan Rodgers defends Wesley Fofana after he slams Leicester | Football

Brendan Rodgers has defended former Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana (Images: Getty)

Brendan Rodgers has defended the ‘good kid’ Wesley Fofana, claiming Chelsea’s signing was not to blame for a statement he released slamming his former club Leicester City.

After completing a £70m move to Stamford Bridge, Fofana accused Leicester of making “false and misleading comments” about the protracted transfer.

Fofana, who has signed a seven-year deal with Chelsea, said: “Thanks to the managers, to the manager who has always appreciated me even if he’s been embarrassing me a lot lately.

“I have chosen not to communicate during this transfer window, despite all the criticism and all the often false and misleading comments, even if they came from the club.

“I understood and learned. Not wanting to damage the institution’s image, I decided to take it rather than reply.’

However, Rodgers insists he doesn’t hold grudges against Fofana, blaming “other influences” in the player’s support network.

Ahead of Leicester’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Thursday night, Rodgers told BT Sport: “I will always defend players and I will defend Wesley.

“A lot has been said about him and what has been said. I try not to get too emotional. I know where the statement came from and I know it wasn’t Wesley Fofana. He’s a good kid.

“We brought him here, nobody knew him. He played for us, he was incredible. We wanted him to stay but he took the opportunity to leave.

“It’s a shame for us and it’s a shame how it ended but he’s a good guy and I know other influences took him out of the club.”

Fofana was left out of Leicester’s squad for their Premier League games against Southampton and Chelsea last month as Blues owner Todd Boehly sought a deal.

The France defender later refused to show up for training at Leicester as he tried to enforce his move to west London.

Rodgers said at the time, “These guys get paid well. The least you can do is show up. And if you don’t, with all due respect, you can’t just think you can join our group.

“But like I said, on a day-to-day basis he’s a good kid – it’s just been difficult for him to cope with everything and while he’s in that shape it’s been difficult for him to play.”

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