Cape Town - Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has all
but ruled out a move for Juventus defender Merih Demiral, saying he is not
looking for defensive reinforcements in January.
Demiral has been heavily linked and following injuries to
Wes Morgan and Filip Benkovic at the weekend, it was put to the Foxes boss that
a new defender may be required. However, Rodgers does not think his transfer
plans for this month will change.
Saturday's FA Cup win against Wigan came at a cost with both
defenders substituted because of injuries.
Morgan pulled up in the first half with a groin problem,
while Benkovic, on his full debut, went off midway through the second half with
a knee issue.
If the injuries are serious, Leicester would be left with
just two first-choice centre-backs in Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans.
Asked if he was now thinking about signing some defensive
cover, Rodgers said: "No, not really. We know what it is we want to do in
this window, and we will endeavour to do that.
"Like I said the other day, we know where we want to
strengthen the squad and, as I've said, the player we want has to be available,
but we will also see how the two boys are once they are assessed by the medical
Ahead of the third-round tie against Wigan, Leicester were
reported to have had a bid rejected for the Turkey international Demiral, but
Rodgers puts it down to being the silly season when transfer rumours and gossip
start to hit fever pitch.
He added that if a deal is done, they will let everyone
know, but until that point, there is nothing else to say on the matter.
It has also been suggested that Juve have no intention of
The Foxes are in a great position heading into the New Year
and there is no doubt they will be looking to give the squad a little bit of a
lift to ensure they finish in the top four and also continue the push for
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