The nine Leicester City players leaving today as wait continues on Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Wilfred Ndidi and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall have helped Leicester City win promotion to the Premier League.
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June 30 isn't just the final day of the football accounting period - but also the last day of players' contracts and that means nine players are officially saying goodbye at Leicester City even before it comes to Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Dennis Praet, and Marc Albrighton will no longer be on Leicester's books from tomorrow as well as half-a-dozen players from the development squad. Tawanda Maswanhise also leaves after making his senior debut in the FA Cup back in January.

Centre-back Paul Appiah is another making his exit. He signed from Aston Villa a couple of years ago, and spent the majority of the season just finished on loan at non-league Maidstone United, playing a role in their historic run to the FA Cup fifth round.

Left-back Shane Flynn announced his departure in May. He won the club’s development squad player of the season in 2021 but said he had been “disappointed with the lack of treatment and lack of support” from City while he’s been out with injury over the past 18 months.

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Full-back Iestyn Hughes, goalkeeper Arlo Doherty, and midfielder Jack Lewis are also being released.

Then there are four players who have been offered new deals. Wilfred Ndidi has been strongly linked with a move to Everton while Amani Richards has been linked with Brentford and QPR and Chris Popov and Kian Pennant have offers on the table.

Jordan Blackwell wrote yesterday: "As things stand, Wilfred Ndidi is officially a Leicester City player for only a couple more days. Discussions have been held over a new contract, but while there is no confirmed answer, he’s heading towards free agency from Monday.

"That’s not to say he won’t sign the deal. Far from it. Links to Everton have been debunked by media in Liverpool, while press in Marseille are saying he would be too expensive for them to afford. City’s deal could be the best offer on the table."

But the big ticket item on June 30 remains the future of star midfielder Dewsbury-Hall, aged 25 - and with it a solution to Leicester's bid to make sure they stay on the right side of profit and sustainability rules.

He had looked on the way to Brighton and Hove Albion in the week, with Jakub Moder heading the other way, but that was kicked into the long grass as Chelsea - and their new boss Enzo Maresca - swooped in at the 11th hour and are believed to have come to a £30 million agreement.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said: "Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to Chelsea, here we go! Player on his way to medical today ahead of contract signing. Deal valid until June 2026 for KDH at Chelsea, reunited with Enzo Maresca. Chelsea to pay fee around £30m to Leicester City after final round of talks today."

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