Leicester City star issues farewell message amid Newcastle United & Arsenal transfer interest

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The Newcastle United and Arsenal-linked midfielder has announced he is leaving Leicester City.

Youri Tielemans has confirmed he is leaving Leicester City when his contract expires at the end of June.

The Belgian midfielder moved to the King Power Stadium on loan from Monaco in January 2019 before completing a club-record £32m switch the following summer.

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Tielemans made 195 appearances and scored 28 goals, including the strike that won the Foxes the FA Cup in 2021. He also represented the club in the Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Since turning down a new contract two years ago, the 26-year-old has come under scrutiny from the Leicester fanbase, particularly during 2022-23 following their relegation to the Championship.

Despite facing criticism, Tielemans reflected on a “special” time when posting an emotional farewell message on Instagram.

“Dear Leicester City fans, after four-and-a-half special years, and with a lot of gratitude, I’m bidding farewell to this incredible club,” said the former Anderlecht man.

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“From the first day I set foot on this ground, your warmth and passion embraced me. Victory and triumph, love and hope, and even defeat. We’ve shared many special moments together. I’ve forever grateful for your unwavering support.

“Thank you to Khun Top, the board, the staff, the players and fans for having given me and my family a home. This is not a goodbye but a heartfelt farewell. With pride, love and eternal gratitude, Youri Tielemans.”

Newcastle United and Arsenal have previously shown interest in Tielemans, though it is unlikely the Magpies will table a contract offer following a major dip in performance levels.

United, however, do retain a genuine interest in Tielemans’ soon-to-be former teammates James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.

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