Brendan Rodgers has little interest in speaking to Tottenham about their managerial emptiness, and as a substitute he believes Leicester have the potential to frequently problem for European locations, Sky Sports activities Information has been advised.
Rodgers has been closely linked with the emptiness at Spurs since Jose Mourinho was sacked final week, with Ryan Mason having taken non permanent cost till the top of the season.
These hyperlinks have strengthened since Julian Nagelsmann, who was considered high of Spurs’ listing of candidates, determined to hitch Bayern Munich in the summertime, leaving the north London membership to have a look at different choices.
Leicester have already secured their place in subsequent month’s FA Cup last and Monday’s victory over Crystal Palace means they’re now closing in on Champions League qualification, having moved seven factors away from fifth-placed West Ham with 5 Premier League video games remaining.
Along with this season’s success, Rodgers has actual optimism for the way his younger squad will develop over the approaching years as they achieve extra big-match expertise.
Rodgers is second-favourite with most bookmakers to take over at Spurs.
Spurs, who misplaced to Manchester Metropolis in Sunday’s Carabao Cup last, are seventh within the desk – 5 factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
When requested final week about hypothesis linking him to Spurs, Rodgers stated: “Tottenham is a improbable membership, it is one of many large golf equipment on this nation, it is an enormous membership. My focus is only right here.
“I am at a world-class coaching facility, the undertaking we’re in right here, we nonetheless need to develop, we nonetheless have numerous work to do right here.
“I’ve an excellent reference to the gamers and the board, and now we have plans to maintain progressing.”
Leicester appeared set to complete within the Premier League high 4 final season however simply three wins from their last 14 video games noticed Rodgers’ facet miss out on the ultimate day of the marketing campaign.
Again-to-back defeats – towards Manchester Metropolis and West Ham – initially of April threatened to push Leicester right into a congested top-four battle this season, however residence wins over West Brom and Crystal Palace have given them a big cushion going into their last 5 fixtures.
Wins of their subsequent two fixtures – each dwell on Friday Night time Soccer on Sky Sports activities – away to Southampton and at residence to Newcastle, might be sufficient to safe a top-four place if the likes of West Ham and Liverpool drop factors.
Schmeichel: Rodgers restored Foxes’ id
Kasper Schmeichel stated Rodgers has “restored Leicester’s id” after the Foxes closed in on a top-four end with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
When Rodgers took over on the King Energy Stadium in February 2019, the Foxes sat eleventh within the Premier League, 18 factors off the highest 4 and had scored solely 34 targets in 28 video games.
The ex-Liverpool and Celtic supervisor’s facet missed out on the Champions League on the ultimate day of final season however now will assure themselves a top-four end – solely Leicester’s second in Premier League historical past – in the event that they win three of their last 5 video games, though lower than 9 factors might be enough.
Schmeichel, considered one of few gamers nonetheless turning out for the Foxes who performed a component of their title-winning facet 5 years in the past, advised Sky Sports activities after their late turnaround victory how Rodgers restored a spark that had been lacking within the East Midlands earlier than his arrival.
“Brendan’s are available and accomplished wonders for us, I believe he is absolutely the good supervisor for us on the good time. He got here in once we wanted an id, we wanted to seek out our ft. Who had been we after this superb title win?” he stated.
“We would sort of been in-between a counter-attacking group and a possession group. We did not fairly know precisely what we had been, and he is simply given us a transparent id. He is been so clear in his messages and the way he needs us to play.
“And it was precisely what we wanted, so I am unable to reward him sufficient for the job he is accomplished and is doing and hopefully for a few years to come back.”