There was a time when Islam Slimani’s future seemed far away from Leicester City, as he was scoring goal after goal at AS Monaco, as well as assisting them by the bucket.
Every sign pointed towards the striker being bought thanks to the €10m clause in his loan deal, but things changed when Leonardo Jardim was sacked and Robert Moreno took over.
His game time was reduced, and while he fought his way back into the first-team, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped any chance of a good end to the season, with the Ligue 1 table now final.
That means there is some uncertainty surrounding his future at the King Power Stadium, and the player himself is none the wiser.
He sat down in an interview with Algerian website Le Score, where he was asked about his situation at Monaco and whether the Ligue 1 side had told him anything.
He said: “No, the club haven’t communicated anything to me, and I find that logical in the current context. No one can take immediate decisions. Either way, my contract runs until June 30th”.
As for whether he wants to stay in Monaco, he added: “Yes, but that’s left up to Mektoub (God’s chosen destiny). Thank God, I think I’ve done well with ASM. We’ll see after what happens”.
And if a return to Leicester is on the cards: “Honestly, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait for summer to know that”.
The Algeria international is under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2021, meaning this could be the last time the Foxes have a chance of making their money back.
The forward originally cost around £27m, and he has scored 13 goals and assisted another seven for Leicester in 46 appearances.