Morgan, Leicester City headed for crunch talks

By Sports Desk November 25, 2018
Jamaica international Wes Morgan. Jamaica international Wes Morgan.

Jamaica international Wes Morgan could part ways with long-time club Leicester City as the player is yet to secure a contract renewal with less than a year remaining on his current deal.

The English Premier League club’s manager Claude Puel recently confirmed that the 34-year-old was among a number of players who could become free agents in 2019 and are currently in talks with the club's director of football, Jon Rudkin.

The burly defender, who formed a steady partnership at the back with German international Robert Huth, was a crucial part of the team’s miraculous run to the title in 2016 but has fallen down the pecking order in recent seasons.

"There are some discussions with Jon [Rudkin] about all the players in our squad,” Puel told Leicestershire Live.

"I don’t want to give it away for them or for other players. I can say about them, about the squad, I’m happy to have all these players with us. We have to manage them and try to give them the game-time to continue with a positive attitude.”

Other high profile senior players heading into the final year of their contracts are Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson and Yohan Benalouane.

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