According to an exclusive report from French news outlet Le10 Sport, Ligue 1 club Saint-Étienne have pulled out of the race to sign Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy after the club managed to tie him down with a new deal.
Despite starting just four Premier League games for the Foxes last campaign, the Midlands club extended his stay at the King Power Stadium until 2022 along with star midfielder James Maddison (BBC), and Le10 Sport claim that the new contract has put an end to the Ligue 1 side’s pursuit of the 28-year-old surrounding their financial issues.
The news source claims they were courting Mendy for ‘several weeks’ without reaching a deal, and now he has committed his future to Brendan Rodgers’ side for another two seasons.
Should Leicester have offered Mendy a new contract?
Yes, still a part to play
Despite the Frenchman finding game-time limited in the Premier League, partly down to fitness trouble, the Foxes boss was still ‘impressed‘ with his outings and potentially sees a future for the midfielder nearly four years after he signed from Nice in a £13.95m deal.
Even last season, Mendy impressed when given the opportunity, averaging a 90.9% passing accuracy in midfield alongside Wilfred Ndidi – with the hope being that he can become a more consistent presence in future seasons.
With Saint-Etienne pulling out of the race for his signature and Besiktas having also taken an interest, Leicester look set to keep hold of Mendy for now as they aim to qualify once again for a European place.
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