Brendan Rodgers fires back at Wesley Fofana’s agent after parting shot in £70m Chelsea transfer

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Brendan Rodgers fires back at Wesley Fofana’s agent after parting shot in £70m Chelsea transfer

Brendan Rodgers has accused Wesley Fofana’s agent of a “cheap shot” as the defender completed a move to Chelsea from Leicester.

After a protracted saga, the 21-year-old joined Thomas Tuchel’s side for £70m during the final days of the transfer window.

A message appeared on Fofana’s Instagram account on Wednesday accusing Leicester of making "false and misleading comments" amid the saga while also aiming a dig at Rodgers, saying he "exposed" the defender.

But Rodgers does not believe his former centre-back is to blame.

He said: "I would say the post didn’t come from Wesley. I know that for sure because of my experiences where I had a message from Wesley.

"The post is a cheap shot towards the end from people, rather than him. The kid is a great lad. I’m not happy he has left because I’ve lost a top player.

"I’m not going to sit here and destroy a young lad when I know really where the message has come from. We’re sad he has gone, we wish him all the best and we’ll move on.

"I never get too emotional with words. Wesley was exposed to a club when very few people knew who he was. We brought him here as a 19-year-old, put him in the team, his profile went worldwide and he was absolutely brilliant.

"He got injured, the club could have been exposed but they weren’t, looked after him, gave him a new contract and his agent would have done really well as well.

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"We felt he was going to be here. I felt he wanted to be here. But the game changes."

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