English Premiership

Shakespeare confirms Silva back in Portugal

2017-09-19 12:24
Adrien Silva (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has revealed that Adrien Silva is back in Portugal as the club continue to work on pushing through his transfer.

The 28-year-old midfielder is in limbo after Sporting CP agreed a £22 million deal with the Foxes last month, only to see the move fail to materialise at the 11th hour.

FIFA blocked the transfer as a result of the Football Association having received the necessary documentation 14 seconds after the deadline, although the East Midlands outfit are contesting the decision.

Silva has been training with the fitness coaches this month as he is prevented from taking part in sessions with Shakespeare's squad, but he's gone back home in the meantime.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup tie against Liverpool, Shakespeare said: "He has gone back to Portugal for the time being.

"He is an expecting father so he spent a bit of time with his family at the weekend. Then we will see what the process brings from now on.

"The conversations I've had with him so far are very brief but of course in the back of his mind the World Cup will be a concern. But I think he is more interested in finding the right solution for here and now."

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