Transfer Update: Leicester City Strikes Yourie Tieleman’s Loan Deal

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Leicester City football club secured a significant coup with the arrival of AS Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, in a boost for beleaguered manager Claude Puel.


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Tielemans, 21, has joined Leicester on loan for the rest of the season with £22m midfielder Adrien Silva moving to the Ligue 1 strugglers in what was effectively a straight swap.

A Belgium international, Tielemans has been one of Europe’s most highly-regarded young talents for some time and he could be named in Claude Puel’s squad for Sunday’s home game against Manchester United.

He said: “The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and when I was young, I always watched Premier League games.

“I’ve already been part of a World Cup and almost every year I’ve played in the Champions League or the Europa League. It’s a lot of experience that’s coming by and I think it will help me in this new challenge.


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“I didn’t know that much about Leicester before their championship win in 2016. Before that, I didn’t know too much about the club. I knew recently there was some dramatic events, but I know the club is really good inside.”

Silva’s move to Monaco comes after a nightmarish spell at the King Power Stadium. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the deal on the table was always a loan swap as Monaco were reluctant to offload Tielemans permanently.

A Portugal international, Silva was the marquee signing of the 2017 summer window but his transfer was held up until January last year because of that infamous delay when the paperwork was received 14 seconds late.

He has since been frozen out by Puel, making only one Premier League start this season and now surplus to requirements, despite being a key player for the Portugal national team. Joining Monaco, and his old Sporting manager Leonardo Jardim, should provide his career with a sorely needed lift.


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