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​St. Etienne defender Fofana pleads with Puel for 'crazy' Leicester move

Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana wants to leave the club.

The 19-year-old is highly rated in France, but he wants to secure his dream move to the Premier League.

Leicester City are the club with the strongest link to Fofana, having reportedly offered €29 million for the player.

And Fofana is desperate to seal the move.

"I've received a lot of offers," Fofana told L'Equipe.

"It's normal to have them checked with my agents. They didn't agree to me talking. But what just happened broke something in me. My decision is made: I accept an offer. Yes (to Leicester). I've always dreamed of playing in England.

"Already, last summer, I had thought about (leaving). But as the club did not agree with Salzburg, I stayed, with 100 per cent focus on the Greens. This winter too. This time, I can't refuse.

"Where I come from, the northern districts of Marseille and a not well-off family, that's not possible. I'd be crazy to say no to Leicester. This contract can change my life. I have to protect my family by keeping them safe. The sporting and financial aspects being combined, I have to say yes.

"I am determined and mentally ready to change my life. By putting in that sum, Leicester is proving that they really want me. It's not like I want to leave for a club where the number of central defenders is immense. It is a real sports project."

On talking with his manager Claude Puel, who also managed the Foxes, Fofana added: "I went to see the coach yesterday morning to tell him what happened, that I am not well, and that I want to leave. I tried, but couldn't discuss my issues with him.

"No big deal. I manage on my own. I'm used to it. As he was closed to discussion, we talked about the athlete, not about my private life.

"(Puel said) that I am 100 per cent part of the project and that it is out of the question for me to leave during this transfer window.

"He (Puel) knows me by heart and he gave me his trust directly. It is to say thank you that I extended, in April (until 2024). During Wednesday's training, he saw that I was no longer there, that I see myself better elsewhere. I listen to it and I understand it. But he too must do the same. I hope he will open his heart and listen to me."

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