Chelsea target 'requests not to play' following multiple transfer meetings this week

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Fofana has emerged as a top target for the Blues this summer with the west Londoners having already seen two mega-money offers worth up to £70million rejected by Leicester. Foxes boss Rodgers has declared on multiple occasions that the defender is not for sale this summer.

However, amid talk of Chelsea submitting a third, improved offer in the region £80m for the 21-year-old, Fofana is understood to have asked Leicester not to play him against the Saints this weekend. The defender is thought to have informed the Foxes of his desire to move on this summer.

According to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Fofana and Rodgers have held multiple meetings this week to discuss the defender’s future. The France Under-21 international, who signed a new five-year deal at the King Power as recently as March, is believed to have reiterated his desire to be allowed to leave before the transfer window closes and asked to be left out of Leicester’s home clash with Southampton on Saturday.

The news breaks just a day after Rodgers admitted in his Thursday press conference that he would be willing to omit Fofana from his match-day squad if he felt teh centre-back’s transfer links to Chelsea were becoming too much of a distraction. The Leicester boss said: “Yes, 100 per cent.

“If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the right mindset, that won’t help us. We have to ensure everyone is really focused in order for us to play the best game we can. I will always assess that after the sessions.”

When probed over whether Leicester had received another further bids from Chelsea last week, Rodgers declared: “Not that I am aware of. There were two, but again, nowhere near what the club would even think about.”

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