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Brendan Rodgers senses change as he seeks to build a stronger Leicester


Boss Brendan Rodgers is set for a summer upset at Leicester following their exit from the Europa Conference League.

The Foxes boss wants more goals after their semi-final loss to Roma on Thursday but insisted the loss has not drastically altered his plans.

They lost 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to retire 2-1 on aggregate as Tammy Abraham’s header set up a final with Feyenoord.

Rodgers will now target reinforcements this summer to ensure the Foxes can challenge Europe again.

“He’s trying to keep hold of our key players and add players who can come in and add to the squad. It’s more or less the same, I don’t think it’s dramatic,” he said.

“The guys have been together for a while which is great, they are learning and developing.

“But you still need a freshness and a new hunger and a new quality in the squad, hopefully we can do that.

“I just think it’s having more goals in the team all around. It’s important.

“Any team needs to have goals in different areas of the pitch. That’s definitely something we need to focus on this summer.

Youri Tielemans, who still has a year left on his contract, could leave this summer, especially without European football next season.

Youri Tielemans could leave Leicester this summer (PA)

But Rodgers admits Thursday’s defeat in Italy is too raw to know the future of some of his players.

“I don’t know. I think a lot of players will definitely have felt the joy and the experience of playing nights like tonight in Europe,” he said.

“You see people like James Maddison, how good he has been on both legs.

“He is a player with personality and quality and he deserves this opportunity.

“Hopefully the players will leave and feel the motivation to be in Europe and then we can really fight to be in a European position next season.”

Roma v Leicester City – UEFA Europa Conference League – Semi-Final – Second Leg – Stadio Olimpico
Rodgers hailed the ‘personality and quality’ of James Maddison (PA)

Leicester host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday and, despite their league struggles this season, remain an attractive prospect.

“Absolutely. People see Leicester as a European club and a team that is going to fight for the top flight,” he said.

“I’m pretty sure most teams outside of the top six would swap positions with us to fight for trophies in the last two years and play European football.

“Unfortunately for us this year it has hurt us with injuries but we will come back next year and rebuild the team more deeply and continue this quest to disrupt the top clubs and I think we have it very well done.

“We will have the right to do that next season.”