Former Premier League champions Leicester City are likely to rebuff any transfer offers for defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in the January transfer window reports Prime Business Africa.
Ndidi has recovered from an injury setback that saw him miss a number of games for club and country.
However the player is back to fitness and featured in his club’s games before the World Cup break.
Ndidi’s clubmate Hamza Choudhury has however picked up a knee injury in the Foxes’ 0-0 draw in Sunday’s mid-season friendly against Championship side, Hull City.
That situation has made it nearly impossible for the club to lose arguably one of their top players, Ndidi, to any interested club in the midst of the 2022/2023 campaign.
Ndidi has been linked to clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal in the past and with clubs on the lookout for bargain deals in January, Ndidi could ne a target for some clubs.
However, Choudhury left Vicarage Road Sunday evening with his right knee in a brace albeit the extent of his injury is not yet known making it imperative for the 2015/2016 EPL champions to retain their best players in that position.
Watford boss Slaven Bilic on Sunday evening lamented the loss of the Leicester-owned player: “We were already very thin on the ground in midfield before the game, so to lose Hamza so early on was very frustrating.
“I don’t know the full extent of the injury yet, but it meant we had to move João further back as we don’t have any other midfielders we could have brought on.”
Ndidi has played 10 league games this season, with a total of 637 minutes of league action to boot.
The English Premier League restarts on Boxing day after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
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