Brendan Rodgers reveals Leicester City’s transfer plans for the summer

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has acknowledged that the club will surely spend in the transfer market at the end of the season. The east Midlands outfit are currently on course for a top half finish under Rodgers but the emphasis remains on bettering the team’s performances such that they can make the push for the European places.

Speaking in a press conference, the former Celtic boss acknowledged that his team will spend on new recruits during the summer, but they won’t have the luxury of mega-spending budget unlike the elite Premier League sides, he said: “Leicester will be in a certain market for a player. It is different to the top clubs, but our job is to find that talent earlier and if they are affordable and available, can we get them in, then see them grow and improve with us. That is our market and there is various aspects to signing a player, you may have watched them in training. You will have watched them in games of course. Then if you get permission you can speak to the player and get a good feel.”

Brendan Rodgers unconcerned with transfer interest in Youri Tielemans

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he is unconcerned with the ongoing speculation regarding the future of midfielder Youri Tielemans. The Belgium international joined the Foxes on a short-term loan from AS Monaco in January, and he has since been a huge success with two goals and three assists for the Foxes from just eight league appearances.

Owing to this, there has been the speculation that the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur could lodge potential bids to pursue the Belgian footballer, but Rodgers is unperturbed regarding the transfer situation of the playmaker, he said: “I haven’t really thought about it much to be honest, I just enjoy working with players and we will see what we can organise at the end of the season. In the meantime I want to help him improve. Not really, no (it doesn't make him more difficult to sign). It is not my job.

Jonny Evans believes Kolo Toure can improve Leicester City’s defensive showing

Leicester City defender Jonny Evans believes Kolo Toure can help the team improve on their defensive performances on the playing field. The ex-Ivory Coast international joined the Hoops as part of the backroom staff alongside Brendan Rodgers and this has certainly contributed in an upturn in fortunes for the east Midlands outfit.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Evans acknowledged that Toure could have a key impact on the defensive proceedings on the field, given his prior experience of playing for some of Premier League’s elite. He added that the team must need to manage games with their recent tendency to concede early goals and hopefully, Toure can give the team with much-needed encouragement.

Reports Say That Kolo Toure Has Joined the Liverpool Football Club

Kolo Toure, the Ivorian former football player was reported to have joined the Liverpool Football Club on the grounds of a free transfer from the Manchester City in the month of July in 2013, thereby signing a two-year long contract with the Reds. Toure, who played as a defender for a variety of teams before and currently working as a technical assistant at the Celtic and as a coaching staff in the Ivory Coast, of which he was a defender of before 2017 September, has graced the Premier League for a period more than a decade and has won the title with both Arsenal and City. Undoubtedly, Kolo Toure remains an important squad player who can hold his own in the first team when called upon.

Recently, there was also news being reported regarding Vakoun Issouf Bayo, a new member of the Celtic, admitting that it was his talk with Kolo Toure that convinced him of joining the Celtic. He is said to have admitted that it was this talk with Toure that made him realize that he was making the right decision. Later, he cheerfully announced the official Celtic website that he was happy being a part of the Celtic. He was reported to have stated that Kolo had called him to let him know that Celtic was interested in him. He is thrilled to be working with the Celtic club and the manager, especially with Kolo Toure.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo confirms Kolo Toure convinced him to join Celtic

Celtic’s new winter signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo has revealed that a discussion with technical assistant Kolo Toure was essential towards his move to the Glasgow giants. The Ivory Coast has been highly-rated after his successful stint in Slovakia and he now has the chance to make himself a regular with the Hoops.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Bayo revealed his delight after making the switch to the reigning Scottish champions. He added that Kolo was primarily responsible for the transfer after the former Arsenal man expressed the Hoops’ interest in him, he said: “I’m feeling good, and I’m happy to be here at Celtic.

Ivory Coast FA: Kolo Toure Will Work For the Rangers

According to the Ivory Coast, Kolo Toure works for the Rangers. The staff of Brendan Rodgers, the ex-Celtic defender had been working in a similar position last year. Toure is 37 years old and has secured the License of UEFA A. As a matter of fact, he is capable of managing clubs at Championship level while coaching the reserve along with the youth team at all primary fight clubs.

However, announcing the achievement of Toure, the Ivorian FA had blundered simply by claiming that he had worked for the Old Firm rival of Hoop. As per the statement, the former Ivorian international Kolo Toure had continued to progress quietly his career into management. He has secured the UEFA A license.

Celtic living up to ever-increasing expectations – Kieran Tierney

Speaking after the game, Tierney acknowledged that the Hoops did not play to the best of their abilities on the day but he was nevertheless pleased with the commitment shown from each and every player on the field, he said: “It wasn't our best performance in a cup final but the heart every one of us showed was special. It's a great part of the season to win a trophy.

He added that the focus is now on securing the top position in the league before the winter break after meeting the early expectations with another silverware, he further told: “You're going into the winter break hopefully top of the league and you've got a trophy, so that's the aim. The expectations go up every year for us and so far we seem to be living with it. It's been brilliant and I hope it can continue.”

Pep Guardiola pleased with Champions League win at Hoffenheim

However, goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva – with the latter coming in the 87th minute ensured that the Citizens picked up their first victory of the current Champions League campaign. Speaking after the game, Guardiola said: “After one minute we conceded and it’s not easy, but after that we fought, as always, as a team.

“The previous two seasons were not simple, but we qualified with games left and this time it’s not going to happen. Maybe for the future it’s going to be good to live these kind of situation. You cannot go through to quarters, semis, without living these situations. That’s why today is one of the happiest days I’ve had in this club because it’s going to help us.”

Dembele Unlikely to Play against Rangers, Claims Rodgers

Celtic midfielder Moussa Dembele has had his head turned by a bid from Lyon and he is unlikely to feature in the upcoming old firm derby with Rangers, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The manager went on to reveal that Dembele has not been part of the full training session on Friday after learning about the offer from Lyon. Dembele has made no secret that he would like to join the French club, who are a big name compared with Celtic. Lyon will be able to offer him European football on a regular basis unlike Celtic, whose likelihood of reaching the Europa League is not certain.

Dembele has been a major hit at Celtic after coming to the club in the summer of 2016 from Fulham. His first season at the club saw him come up with 32 goals and nine assists in 49 matches. Last season, however, was a disappointment with Dembele out being injured for more often than not. Yet, he still returned with figures of 16 goals and nine assists in 39 appearances. Lyon entered into the race to sign Dembele at the last moment after losing their centre forward to Real Madrid. The possibility of regular first-team football in the French league could be hard to turn down for the player, who was last seen in the French league back in 2012 when he represented the under 17 team of PSG.

Kolo Toure And His Career As Coach And Player

Kolo Toure is known for the defender role that he played for Manchester City as well as being a former defender player for teams like Arsenal and Liverpool. He announced his retirement in the month of September 2017 when he also announced that he was taking up the role of coach for the Celtic team.

Toure, at the age of 36, was handed the position of technical assistant and the club stated that he would be actively engaged in all coaching matters for the first level team. He would use his experience, knowledge, and expertise to assist the youth levels at the club. His appointment with the Celtic team was apparent after he had played 17 times for the team. Hence, his role as a technical assistant would ensure that he works with Brendan Rodgers, his former boss from Anfield. Some had hoped that he would have extended his career in the field. However, in the summer of 2017, he took up coaching with the Ivory Coast national team and since then he has worked with the backroom staff as well as with Rodgers in recent times.

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