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Leicester City morning headlines: defender moves to Aston Villa while Brendan Rodgers reacts to transfer rumors

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The defender hits in the former club

Leicester City full-back Mitch Clark made a hit in his former Aston Villa club and the “disrespect” they are showing players early in their careers.

Clark, currently on loan in Port Vale after joining the City da Villa development team last summer, was offended by a statement made by Birmingham club chief executive Christian Purslow during a question-and-answer session with confidence fans this week.

Purslow said: “We are seeing 17, 18 years old playing in the under 23 team. This is the acid test of an academic program.

“Frankly, and I’m going to be brutal, 22-year-olds playing on an under 23 team mean your system isn’t working. It means your system isn’t working because 22-year-old footballers with a payroll at Aston Villa have to be in the first team. “

In an exchange with Villa’s fans on Twitter, Clark, 20, criticized Purslow’s stance, saying “Disrespect for current kids at that age at the club, wow.”

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No history for Ndidi’s injury

Brendan Rodgers’ fear has been realized and Leicester City will face Manchester City without a specialist defensive midfielder after Wilfred Ndidi’s unavailability has been confirmed.

The Nigerian international is still going back from a knee problem and will not play at King Power Stadium on Saturday night. He joins Papy Mendy (knee) and Hamza Choudhury (suspension) on the sidelines, meaning that Rodgers will have to fumble to take sides with Pep Guardiola.

Ndidi provided hope for a return when he posted a video of himself during strengthening exercises on the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground. But Rodgers said he needs more time and has refused to set a date on the 23-year-old’s return.

Ndidi underwent knee surgery last month, returning 13 days later. But after two appearances, against West Ham and Aston Villa, he returned to the treatment table and missed out on draws with Chelsea and Wolves earlier this month.

“Wilf won’t be available for the weekend,” said Rodgers in his weekly press conference. “He’s still trying to get fit, so we’ll see what next week looks like.”

Read more here.

Wilfred Ndidi in the gym on Belvoir Drive last month, before the knee pain returned
Wilfred Ndidi in the gym on Belvoir Drive last month, before the knee pain returned

Rodgers reacts to Lallana’s connections

Brendan Rodgers responded to the transfer of speculation linking Leicester City with Adam Lallana of Liverpool.

The Foxes were said to have brought Premier League leaders closer to the 31-year-old midfielder, with whom Rodgers worked when he was in charge at Anfield.

Lallana is said to leave Liverpool at the end of the season after six years with the club, having been signed for them by Rodgers for £ 25m in 2014.

But Rodgers insists that City has not taken a transfer approach to Liverpool or Lallana’s representatives.

“I saw a lot of things around Adam and that we got closer to Liverpool, which obviously isn’t the case,” he said today at Fox’s pre-game press conference at King Power Stadium.

Read more here.

Seventh would mean that the City ‘was not good enough’

Leicester City is targeting European football, but if they finish seventh and reach the Europa League, then “they have not been good enough,” said manager Brendan Rodgers.

City’s broad goal this season was to reserve a spot in a continental tournament, and while the Europa League would be seen as a more realistic goal before the campaign started, Rodgers’ men sat in the Champions League. League from the third week of the season.

Returning to the main UEFA competition now seems likely, but Rodgers continues to say that his only hope is that City will end up as high as he can. However, he believes his team is better than seventh, which would guarantee European football if the Carabao Cup and FA Cup were raised from the sides within the top six.

“It’s about ending up as high as possible,” said Rodgers. “We have been in [top four] a lot of season. We want to fight to be there.

“Self [seventh] it’s where we end, then that’s where we end, and then we weren’t good enough to finish higher than that. I think we are better than that, but we have to prove it. We have to prove it in every game we play. “

There’s more here, while Rodgers doubles on his Man City ban verdict.

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