Arriving on loan last January after being pushed aside by Leonardo Jardim at Monaco, Youri Tielemans went to Leicester City on loan to give the Premier League a go.
The Belgian, to absolutely no one’s surprise, did really well, which led to a €45m transfer to make the move permanent this summer.
Now a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ team at King Power Stadium, the former Anderlecht starlet could also have decided to go elsewhere, such was the interest in his services over the past few months.
Speaking in a press conference while on international duty with the Belgium national team, then 22-year-old was asked about permanent move to Leicester and why he made that choice.
He said, relayed by DH: “During the transfer window, I was happy of the interest of certain big clubs. I needed to make a choice for my young career and I think it was the right one. To arrive off the back of a €45m transfer doesn’t change anything.
“They already knew me at Leicester. My loan spell went very good. I wanted to continue playing in this club”.
Prior to the loan being made permanent, there were a number of rumours that Manchester United and Tottenham were keen on the now Leicester star.
However, Spurs decided to throw money at both Lyon and Real Betis to acquire Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso while the Old Trafford club, in dire need of midfield strength, signed a right-back, a left-winger and a centre-back.