Jonny Evans set to sign new Leicester contract that will end rivals’ hopes of signing the Northern Ireland defender on a free transfer next summer
- Jonny Evans is poised to sign a new deal with Leicester City in the coming days
- The Foxes centre-back has been in talks with the club for a number of months
- Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that a deal will be finalised ‘very soon’
- If Evans does not put pen to paper by January 1, he will be free to talk to clubs
Jonny Evans is poised to sign a new deal with Leicester in the coming days that will end rivals’ hopes of signing him on a free transfer next summer.
The centre-back has been in talks with the Foxes for a number of months but the breakthrough has finally arrived that should see Evans commit his future for at least two more seasons.
Boss Brendan Rodgers said: ‘I’m hearing from the club it’s pretty close. So we’re very hopeful that, very soon, we’ll be able to finalise that deal.
Jonny Evans (above) is poised to sign a new contract with Leicester City in the coming days
‘It could be before the end of the year, we’ll have to wait and see. But I know the representatives of Jonny and the club are very close.
‘If it’s this year, that’s great, if not, it’ll be very early in the new year.’
If Evans has still not put pen to paper by January 1, he would be free to agree a move to an overseas club, though that now appears extremely unlikely given the status of discussions.
Evans, who turns 33 on January 3, has been a key man for Leicester since Rodgers took charge in February 2019.
Manager Brendan Rodgers (right) has confirmed that a deal will be finalised ‘very soon’
Evans was a mainstay at the back last season alongside Caglar Soyuncu in central defence
He was a mainstay at the back last season alongside Caglar Soyuncu in central defence, making 49 appearances in all competitions, and he is gradually regaining top form again this term as Leicester have moved second in the table ahead of the Boxing Day meeting with Manchester United.
‘Jonny wants to be here,’ Rodgers said earlier in December. ‘He sees the path the club is on. He has been instrumental in what I’ve tried to do since I’ve come in.
‘He is very much a coach for me on the field. He understands the game at the highest level, he understands the journey of where we’re trying to get to.’
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