Leicester City Football Club has confirmed that seven senior professionals will leave the club upon the expiration of their respective contracts this June. The list of departures includes Youri Tielemans, Çağlar Söyüncü, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Ryan Bertrand, Ayoze Pérez, and Tetê.
Tielemans, who joined the club on loan from AS Monaco in January 2019 before making the move permanent that summer, made 195 appearances for the Foxes. He will be best remembered for his magnificent winning goal in the 2021 Emirates FA Cup Final that ended the club’s 137-year wait to lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium. Following his FA Cup Final heroics, he was named the Club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season in the summer of 2021.
Söyüncü, who signed from German outfit Freiburg in August 2018, also became a fan favorite and helped the club to Emirates FA Cup and FA Community Shield honors during his four-year spell on Filbert Way.
Amartey and Mendy both moved to Filbert Way in 2016, with the former making the first five of his near-150 appearances for the club during the Premier League title-winning season. Mendy joined in the summer of 2016 and went on to make over 100 appearances, including 24 this past season, with his only goal for the club proving a memorable one in a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in February.
Pérez, who famously scored a hat-trick in a record 9-0 win over Southampton in 2019, signed from Newcastle United in July of that year. He made 114 appearances for the club, including the FA Cup Final in 2021 where he made a vital contribution to Tielemans’ memorable winner. He spent the second half of the 2022/23 season on loan at Spanish side Real Betis.
Brazilian winger Tetê, who moved to City in January on a short-term deal during the suspension of his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk, will return to the Ukrainian side on 1 July, while defender Bertrand also departs two seasons after signing on a free transfer.
The club is in discussions with captain Jonny Evans with regard to his future beyond the expiration of his current deal this month, while an option has been exercised to extend the contract of midfielder Hamza Choudhury to June 2024.
The Football Club extended its thanks to all seven players for their contributions during their time with Leicester City and wished them every success in the next stages of their respective careers. The departures of such key players will leave big shoes to fill for the Foxes, and fans will be eagerly anticipating the club’s moves in the transfer market as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season.