Wilfred Ndidi's Leicester City future: Talks ongoing, Celtic speculation, Stephy Mavididi plea

Wilfred Ndidi is now a free agent but remains in talks with Leicester City
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Wilfred Ndidi is no longer a Leicester City player. With June ticking into July, the Nigerian midfielder has become a free agent.

That’s not to say it means he has rejected a chance to stay at the King Power Stadium. But equally, it does feel like time is ticking.

City are about to return to pre-season training and Steve Cooper will be assessing his squad to determine where they need to strengthen in the transfer market. At some point, they’re going to have to assume Ndidi isn’t returning and look elsewhere. For now, here’s the latest on the midfielder.

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What the club have said

The official communication from City on Ndidi came with the publication of their retained list in early June. They said: “The club remains in discussion with midfielder Wilfred Ndidi regarding his future beyond the expiration of his current contract this month.”

It's understood those talks are ongoing, but they won't be addressed in public again until Steve Cooper’s opening press conference. The feeling inside City is that if Ndidi is going to go elsewhere, they wouldn’t necessarily hear about that, much like with Jonny Evans popping up at Manchester United. Ndidi’s a free agent after all.

Where else could go Ndidi go

Over the past few weeks, Ndidi’s been linked to a host of clubs, but quite quickly those rumours have been shot down. This week, it was reported that he had been offered to Celtic and the chance for a reunion with Brendan Rodgers, but almost as soon as that story emerged, there were further reports rubbishing the claims.

Equally, there’s been talk of contract offers from Everton and Marseille to the midfielder. But local press in Liverpool say the Toffees aren’t interested, while in the south of France, it’s reported Ndidi’s wages would be too much for Marseille to afford.

How Cooper could use him as Mavididi appeals

Ndidi’s long been a popular member of the squad and so the City players will likely want him to stick around. Indeed, Stephy Mavididi has been commenting on Ndidi’s Instagram holiday snaps telling him to sign up.

If he did follow Mavididi’s instruction and joined Cooper’s squad, how would the new manager use him? Probably by reversing Enzo Maresca’s change.

The Italian utilised Ndidi as an advanced midfielder and it paid off handsomely. It was one of the best bits of coaching Maresca did during his time at the club.

But back in the Premier League, and with more focus on keeping out the opposition rather than breaking them down, it could be that Ndidi goes back to his more natural position. Could we be hailing the return of the tackle king? Maybe.

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