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Leicester land longtime PL target Tielemans on loan

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Youri Tielemans has been on the radars — and wish lists — of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs for what seems like the last decade.

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From links to Arsenal, to Tottenham Hotspur, to Chelsea, and plenty of other clubs in between, Tielemans seemed earmarked for the PL since the the creative midfielder broke into Belgian giant Anderlecht’s first team in 2013, as a 16-year-old.

A move to England never quite materialized until Monaco came calling in the summer of 2017. The idea was clear: a top-two club in Ligue 1 was a massive step up in competition; if Tielemans, who’s now 21, could prove himself at that level, he could just about pick his next club.

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As has been well documented, things haven’t exactly gone swimmingly for anyone at Monaco the last two seasons, and Tielemans’ stock has taken a bit of a hit as a result. Thus, on Thursday, it’s a loan move, without an option to buy, to 11th-place Leicester City rather than the glitz and glamor of the Champions League.

Still, a strong half-season of playing right in front of those same top-four clubs could be enough to convince one of them that Tielemans is, finally, the player their squad needs.

29-year-old Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva, who joined the Foxes last summer, is headed the other way, on loan to Monaco through the end of the season.

Leicester City 2-0 Watford: Vardy, Mahrez lead Foxes 7th

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  • Vardy wins, converts PK
  • Mahrez puts win to bed
  • Fifth-straight Leicester clean sheet
  • Foxes go 7th
  • Watford one win in 11 PL matches

Claude Puel‘s Leicester City revolution remains pointed upward, as the Foxes moved seventh with a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored for Leicester City, whose 34 points are level with Burnley.

The loss leaves the Hornets just three points clear of the drop zone with 26 points.

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An early chance for Jamie Vardy was denied by Watford backstop Orestis Karnezis, and Shinji Okazaki couldn’t sort himself for the rebound.

The Hornets asserted themselves in looking for an equalizer, as Marco Silva made changes and had three strikers on the pitch at the end of the match.

Karnezis made a two-fisted stop on Wilfried Ndidi as the match neared 90 minutes, allowing Watford late oxygen.

The hope was suffocated by Mahrez’s strike minutes later, as Leicester moved up the table again when Adrien Silva played the Algerian through to dazzle with a fine goal.

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Silva finally debuts for Leicester City

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Adrien Silva‘s been with Leicester City for some time, but neither Craig Shakespeare nor Claude Puel had been able to deploy the Portuguese metronome until Monday.

Silva, 28, played just a minute in a 3-0 rout of Huddersfield Town, but it was a sweet minute after his $30 million move from Sporting CP was axed thanks to paperwork being filed seconds late.


How did it feel to be eligible for duty? Pretty darn good, says Silva.

“It’s been very frustrating, but now the difficult times are past me and now I’m very happy to be close to my goal. I’ve been working hard every day to arrive at this moment and I’m in good shape.

“It’s been very important to keep training because it’s a long time not playing and of course I can work and train more than normal, but there is nothing better than the game.”

Silva wasn’t even allowed to train with the Foxes at the start of the transfer hullaballoo, and the same post claims all of his training for three weeks was done in a hotel fitness center.

Now the EURO-winning Portuguese midfielder can join Wilfried Ndidi in a potent center midfield. Watch out for Leicester if Silva quickly gets his Premier League feet under him.

Leicester City’s Silva still stuck in limbo after CAS decision

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Adrien Silva received some bad news on Thursday afternoon.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport denied the Leicester City midfielder’s initial claim for relief in order to force through his international transfer certificate, which would clear him to play for the English club. Silva completed a $29 million transfer deal with Leicester City on August 31 shortly before the transfer deadline but the paperwork didn’t make it through in time, keeping the Portuguese international stuck in limbo as a signed Leicester City player but unable to play matches until January at the earliest.

CAS gave Silva a small win in the decision though, saying that proceedings will continue over his ITC issue after a hearing is held.

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The decision is a frustrating one for both Leicester City and Silva. The paperwork was reportedly 14 seconds late, which while technically after the deadline, perhaps there could be some leniency shown here so that the player isn’t punished.

Meanwhile, seven months before Portugal heads to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, Silva, who would certainly be in play to make the final squad if not start the opening match, must continue to sit on the sidelines and lose match fitness ahead of the tournament.

On the bright side, if he can earn his way back into the Portugal side, he’ll be much less tired than the rest of his teammates, which will be at the end of a grueling club season. Perhaps with a full hearing, CAS will come around and give Silva a chance to play before January.

Even with the tough news, Silva appears to be keeping a positive outlook.

FIFA reject Leicester’s appeal over Adrien Silva transfer

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Leicester City have a $33.2 million player that can’t play until January.

The Foxes signed Portuguese international midfielder Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day back on Aug. 31, or so they thought.

FIFA denied the player registration as it had been submitted just 14 seconds after the summer transfer window had shut.

On Wednesday, 34 days after the summer window closed, it was announced that FIFA had rejected Leicester’s final appeal (made in conjunction with the English FA) against the ruling which sees Silva a Leicester player but unable to play until January 1 when they can register him.

Between now and then Silva, 28, can’t even train with Leicester’s first team and cannot play for anyone else.

The only option left for Leicester is to apply to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for the ruling to be overturned but given the fact that this situation could open a whole can of worms for transfers being forced through just after transfer windows close and then accepted in the future, it appears unlikely any such appeal would be successful.

What a mess.

Sporting Lisbon have already made it very clear they do not want to cancel the deal and they expect the transfer fee for Silva to be paid in full. With Danny Drinkwater sold to Chelsea on transfer deadline day, we can only assume Silva’s late arrival at Leicester (who had tracked him for 12 months) was due to a hold-up in the Drinkwater deal.

Still, I will repeat, what a mess.

Craig Shakespeare‘s side could really do with help in midfield at the moment too with Andy King and Vicente Iborra struggling alongside Wilfried Ndidi. The Foxes have lost four of their opening seven Premier League games and it seems like they’ve also lost their marquee summer signing, at least for the next three months.