Latest Leicester City news as Youri Tielemans speaks ahead of the visit of Newcastle United, amid reports linking him with a transfer to Arsenal.
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has spoken about his delight at returning to club football after the World Cup.
Tielemans’ Belgium were knocked out of the tournament at the group stages, meaning he was available to return – and sport the captain’s armband – for City against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
It was a game City won 3-0 and, while Tielemans was pleased with the result, he is already looking ahead to the game against Newcastle on Boxing Day. That is now the main focus, though Tielemans may have one eye elsewhere amid reports linking him with a move to Arsenal next month.
“We are very happy as a team. From tomorrow on, we’ll focus on Boxing Day and try to get a win.”
Speaking about the performance in Milton Keynes, Tielemans added: “It was very good. “Obviously, we’re through to the next round. We had some quality play, we didn’t concede any goals and scored three goals, so it’s really, really pleasing to come back in this way.
“I’m very happy. I think to come back in that way, to win our first game and to show some quality on the pitch… and I think the manager said it in the changing room as well, it didn’t feel like we broke off for so long. It felt very comfortable and very good out there.”
Over 5,000 City supporters travelled to watch their team in action at Stadium MK, a “very impressive” following Tielemans and his teammates do not take for granted.
“There were more behind that goal than in the other (part of the) stadium,” he said. “They always travel with us, they’re always behind us and even through tough times at the start of the season, they were there. It’s pleasing to see and hopefully we can give something back with a performance like this tonight.”