Brendan Rodgers responds to Ben Chilwell transfer rumours amid Chelsea interest

Brendan Rodgers insists he is "relaxed" about Ben Chilwell's potential exit after Leicester improved when they sold Harry Maguire.

Rodgers refused to wallow in self-pity last summer when Manchester United returned for his star England defender Maguire.

He didn't even replace the stopper as Maguire's exit allowed Caglar Soyuncu to step up and blossom.

The Foxes eventually sold when the bidding reached £80million, a new world record for a defender.

They then went on to finish fifth this season after coming ninth last term.

Now Leicester are in a similar position as they don't need to sell Chilwell but may do business if the bidding gets so big.

Chelsea remain keen to land England left-back Chilwell,23, who has 11 caps.

And unlike fourth-placed Chelsea , Leicester cannot now offer Champions League football after blowing a 14-point advantage over Manchester United in January.

Asked about rival clubs chasing his stars, Rodgers admitted: “They may look to. It is something I am quite relaxed on.

“I am fortunate we have a talented group of players which I am sure will interest some.

“All we can offer is a wonderful environment to come and play , develop , work in and improve as a player.

“We will see where it goes from there over the course of the off-season.”

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers learnt the hard way with Raheem Sterling at Anfield over player power.

He was badly stung when his protege Sterling opted to quit for Manchester City in July 2015 for £44million.

Rodgers has since not taken exits so personally after the Sterling saga.

It means if Chelsea slap in mega money for Chilwell, then the defender is likely to go.

Fellow King Power starlets such as James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Wilfred Ndidi are also highly-rated.

But Leicester have never sold more than one big asset a summer since winning the title in 2016.

The club are also moving to a top new £100m training ground this summer and have Europa League football next term.

Rodgers is looking forward to the competition and planning to strengthen his squad.

He added: “I am excited about that. That takes us into Europe and that experience playing in midweek will really help this squad and make us more robust.

“We would like to add more creativity and attacking thrust at the top end of the pitch.

“We had 51 goals the previous season, we knew if we wanted to arrive in the top six we needed 65 plus and ended up with 67.

“That is a fantastic return in a short period.

“If you want to challenge above that it is about getting more quality into the squad.”

Fifth was the Foxes' second highest finish in the Premier League after their title win.

Demarai Gray assessed: "Being so close to the Champions League, that hurts.

"But I think everyone should be proud of themselves and we've got a lot to look forward to next season."

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