Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says he noticed Wesley Fofana had lost his focus on football amid Chelsea transfer speculation after speaking to the young centre-back personally.

The 21-year-old was left out of the Leicester squad and could only watch his team-mates suffer a 2-1 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.

The Foxes had taken the lead through James Maddison before conceding two goals in the final 30 minutes of the match.

Fofana could have helped had he played, of course, but Leicester boss Rodgers insisted the player was not mentally ready for the game.

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“As far as Wesley was concerned, he was a young player who is not in the right state of mind to play at the moment,” the manager reiterated what he said before the game (via Leicester Mercury).

“There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, which I understand. It’s a tough time for him.

“He’s a good lad who’s been great for us while he’s been here.

“You can’t afford to be with your teammates and play a Premier League game if you’re not totally focused.

“I have to make the call. As a manager, it is my responsibility.

“Once I talk to the player and get an idea of ​​where he is and what he’s thinking. This situation was really quite simple because there was so much going on in his mind.

According to CBS Sports Ben JacobsRodgers also mentioned ‘a few offers’ for some of his players which he felt were ‘far from the valuation the club would like to sell’.

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Chelsea reportedly closer to signing Fofana

The list is likely to include Chelsea’s two rejected offers for Fofana, which are said to be worth over £60million.

Leicester want world-record defender fee for Fofana, claims sky sportsfrustrated the player himself.

Although to be fair, Fofana’s recent two-year extension, which ties him to the club until 2027, also puts Leicester in a very strong negotiating position.

Fabrizio Romano has claimed Chelsea have yet to submit another improved offer but are expected to do so very soon after reaching personal agreements on a six-year deal with Fofana.

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