“I want to play the Champions League”

Youri Tielemans insists he is eager to play in the Champions League, with reports linking the midfielder with a move away from Leicester city.

The 24-year-old has just one year left on his current deal with the Foxes and has yet to agree terms on a new deal.

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Tielemans could leave Leicester this summer

Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad said in February that the Belgium international was preparing to leave at the end of the current campaign to join a “better club with title ambitions”.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with strong interest in signing the enforcer, with Brendan Rodgers’ side ready to accept an offer of around £35m – or risk losing it on a free transfer.

Tielemans has now commented on speculation over his future and reiterated his desire to play Champions League football.

“I do not care [speculation]said the Leicester star during the international break.

“I want to get the most out of myself this season and finish as high as possible with the team.

“Of course, I want to play in the Champions League, like any footballer.


Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in the Belgium international

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Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in the Belgium international

“Am I ready for a top European club? I am ready to make the most of my career.

“We’ll see what happens next summer, or the summer after.”

Tielemans has impressed in the East Midlands this season – scoring seven goals and providing three assists in 36 games in all competitions.

United are keen to strengthen their midfield and have named Tielemans as a potential option regardless of who replaces caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick this summer.

Arsenal, meanwhile, reportedly held talks with Tielemans’ representatives earlier this year to assess whether he would be interested in a move to the Emirates.

The Gunners are in a strong position to return to the Champions League next campaign after a five-year absence, which would help them bid for the signing of Tielemans.

United are currently in sixth place, four points behind fourth, with Arsenal having played one game more.

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