Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says he will not lose his head over the club’s lack of signings this summer.
Aside from recruiting former Cardiff goalkeeper Alex Smithies on a free transfer, the Foxes didn’t sign any new players in the final season and Rodgers said there was “no guarantee” anything would change before the transfer window closes.
Additionally, Rodgers is at risk of losing some of his key players as Chelsea seek to sing Wesley Fofana and Newcastle are among clubs chasing James Maddison.
It’s difficult for the Northern Irishman given he has guided the Foxes to consecutive fifth places and an FA Cup during his time at the King Power Stadium, but he understands the situation.
“What you learn from experience is that there’s no point in losing your head on it,” he said ahead of Saturday’s visit to Arsenal.
“The club has given me so much since I’ve been here and I have a lot of respect for Khun Top (Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha), his family and the board. I’m no less ambitious than any other manager, especially where we’ve taken the club in recent years.
“Of course I want the club to continue to develop and improve. There is also a patient element, which unfortunately can be difficult in modern life.
“The club is run really well, there’s a reason for that, because behind the scenes people maybe sometimes know when to step on the brakes. Maybe that’s what they need to do at this moment.
“We’re not at the same level and in the same league as some of the other teams that have the resources, so we always have to be very careful about how it’s handled. Of course, as a coach, I would have liked to freshen up the squad, but I didn’t manage to do that.
“My experience now tells me that you just work and have the joy of coming here every day and working with the players that are here instead of just worrying about what you don’t have.
“There is still a lot to grow in this squad. I’ve seen improvements over the past three and a half years since we’ve been working together and I will continue to do so until my last day here.”
Perhaps menacing in his desire to keep Fofana and Maddison at the club, Rodgers says all signings – apart from former Huddersfield keeper Smithies, who joined on Friday night – are dependent on the players leaving.
“It’s still going to be one where the club have to try and move some players and see what that unleashes, there’s no guarantee for us at this point,” he said.
“As soon as something happens, the club will inform me. In the meantime, my focus is on the players who are here. If something happens later, we will take care of it.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/brendan-rodgers-alex-smithies-leicester-cardiff-newcastle-b2144300.html Brendan Rodgers is not being stressed over Leicester’s lack of transfer business