English Premiership

Inler sick of sitting on fringes for Foxes

2016-03-08 15:01
Gokhan Inler (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Leicester City midfielder Gokhan Inler expressed his frustration of warming the bench despite sitting pretty in the Premier League summit with nine games to go.

The Switzerland international has been a peripheral figure for the Foxes since joining from Napoli in August 2015 and was linked with a January departure from the East Midlands club.

Inler admits he had the opportunity to move elsewhere during the mid-season transfer window, but was persuaded to stay by City boss Claudio Ranieri.

However, the 31-year-old midfielder is dissatisfied that his situation has remained unchanged, with just two appearances coming in 2016, although he insists he's not about to walk away from this challenge.

"I had several enquiries in January, but didn't leave as the manager said that he was counting on me," Inler said.

"But there have been no more games for me since then. It makes me sick, and the stupid thing for me is that I have the Euro 2016 finals with Switzerland this summer.

"I am in a critical situation. I usually speak diplomatically, but I have to face up to why things are the way they are. There is no point in me trying to sugar-coat the situation.

"I said no to West Ham, Sunderland and Schalke to join Leicester, and I would do the same again. I won't run away and give up on the club's project. I wanted a challenge, and I have got one for sure."

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