‘The coach chose to expose me a lot… The fans were led to believe I didn’t respect the club’: Wesley Fofana hits out at Brendan Rodgers’ ‘false and misleading comments’ in EXPLOSIVE statement as he quits Leicester for Chelsea in £69.5m deal
- Wesley Fofana accused Brendan Rodgers of ‘false and misleading comments’
- The defender made a £69.5m move from Leicester to Chelsea on Wednesday
- Foxes manager Rodgers banished Fofana to train with the club’s Under-21 team
- Rodgers had questioned the 21-year-old’s ‘commitment’, ‘focus’ and ‘behaviour’
- Fofana has now bit back at the Northern Irishman in a brutal social media post
Wesley Fofana has bit back at Brendan Rodgers in an extraordinary social media post after quitting Leicester for Chelsea.
The French defender joined the Blues for a £69.5million fee on Wednesday, signing a seven-year contract with Thomas Tuchel’s side.
And after Foxes boss Rodgers questioned Fofana’s ‘commitment’, ‘focus’ and ‘behaviour’, the 21-year-old hit out at the Northern Irishman in a sensational and explosive statement.
Wesley Fofana (left) has hit out at Brendan Rodgers (right) in an explosive social media post
The 21-year-old defender quit Leicester for Chelsea in a huge £69.5million deal on Wednesday
His statement reads: ‘It’s time to say goodbye. During these two seasons here, I have probably experienced the most intense moments of my young football career. I have grown as a player but also as a man.
‘Thank you to you, Foxes fan(s), for your kindness and your constant support, even in the moments you were led to believe I didn’t respect the club. I will never forget how we vibrated, exulted or cried, together… I will never forget you.
‘I chose not to communicate during this transfer window despite all the criticism and all the often false and misleading comments, even when they were coming from the club. I understood and I learned.
‘I didn’t want to damage the image of the institution and I chose to take it rather than answer. I thank Top (chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha) for his understanding, thanks to the managers, to the coach who has always appreciated me, even if he chose to expose me a lot lately… I got it coach.
Foxes boss Rodgers had questioned the 21-year-old’s ‘commitment’, ‘focus’ and ‘behaviour’
‘Thanks to the staff for their trust, their advice and of course, their support during my injury and my recovery period. There were ups and downs but I never cheated, you can be sure of that.
‘Thank you to all the people who work here everyday, you are the soul of this club! Finally, thanks to my teammates, my brothers, the Foxes soldiers. We’ll meet again, on a football field or somewhere else #PourEux #lcfc #LaWestt.’
Rodgers, who banished Fofana to train with the club’s youth side as punishment for missing training, had said his handling of the saga is different from the ‘immaculate’ behaviour of Harry Maguire before his £80m move to Man United three years ago.
He added: ‘For me, it’s always about the commitment and when the players are ready to commit to the ethos of the team (they can return),’ said Rodgers.
Fofana called his words ‘false and misleading’ and said ‘the coach chose to expose me a lot’
‘He won’t be available for the weekend. He has trained with our Under 21s. It’s been a challenge for Wesley. If you aren’t in the right frame of mind, we have to move on.’
‘In fairness to Harry, in terms of his behaviour and his focus for the club, he was fantastic right until the last minute.
‘For Wesley it’s different. He’s a younger player, and maybe under different pressures behind the scenes. Wesley is a real good lad and has been brilliant for us in his time here. We have to see how the next period goes.’
Before Leicester played Southampton two weeks ago, NBC Sports commentators Robbie Mustoe and Tim Howard expressed their frustration at the French defender.
NBC commentators Tim Howard (L) and Robbie Mustoe (R) slammed Fofana’s behavior
‘In terms of behavior, I really don’t like it. He’s 21 years of age, he’s on the back of a season last year where he broke his leg, so he’s just coming back,’ Mustoe said on the air.
‘If he’s asking not to play, that’s just not good. He signed a five-year deal in March. Get your head down, do your job, what you’re paid for. If the deal is agreed, you’ll go… but I really dislike players saying they don’t want to play.’
Mustoe’s colleague Tim Howard echoed similar sentiments, continuing: ‘Declan Rice has done it right, he will not be a West Ham player in the future, but you’ve not heard a peep from him.
‘Fofana, 21 years of age… sit down with the manager and the football club and say, “I want to leave, but that being said, I’ll be the hardest trainer and you can count on me”. There’s a right way to go about it.’
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