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Youri Tielemans says he is HAPPY to join international duty and leave struggling Leicester behind

Youri Tielemans said he was happy to escape discontent at Leicester after joining Belgium on international duty.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are bottom of the Premier League with a point from seven games and have conceded 11 goals in their last two games, with Tottenham beating them 6-2 on Saturday.

And Tielemans admitted to Sky Sports that things are “tough” at the moment – but insisted he has no regrets staying with the Foxes after being linked with a move this summer.

He said: “I’m happy to get some fresh air here [with Belgium] because it’s difficult in Leicester. It is clear that things are not going well at the club. As a team, we give everything we can.

“The consecutive defeats hit us as a group. We must use this break to recharge our batteries. It’s hard to get it out of my head as it’s running through my head all the time. Only my children sometimes prevent me from thinking about it.”

Arsenal, currently at the top of the Premier League, were said to be interested in signing Tielemans but the prospect of a move was reportedly cooling.

With Tielemans’ contract due to expire at the end of the season, more clubs could be pushing for a January move, but the 25-year-old claimed he was only going for the ‘right project’.

He added: “I’m not going to talk too much about my contract situation at the moment. I didn’t leave Leicester in the summer because I’ve always said the project has to be the right one.

“Just because things are getting worse at Leicester now doesn’t mean I should regret it [staying].’

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