Leicester City notebook: Maresca contract hint, new generation shines, transfer alternative emerges

There are six senior players out of contract at Leicester City and it could be around a month before definitive word arrives on their futures.

With the club under a transfer embargo and needing special permission from the EFL to sign current players to new contracts, they are likely to wait until next month to announce their decisions. Until then, City will be under Premier League management and the embargo is not expected to be extended.

In any case, there have been plenty of hints about what’s to come for those whose deals expire at the end of June. For Marc Albrighton, Saturday’s game was like a farewell, and he said he was “more or less certain” it was his last outing. Dennis Praet said he was leaving for “something new.” Kelechi Iheanacho’s last-day shirt suggested he’s gone too.

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For Jamie Vardy, it would be a surprise at this point if he didn’t get a new deal. Enzo Maresca hinted that one was coming and discussions took place. Jannik Vestergaard has been such an important player this season that it seems a new contract for the Dane is now more likely than not.

But what about Wilfred Ndidi? He has been an important player for City this season, being the most regular starter alongside Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in the attacking midfield positions. But despite his adaptation to the more advanced role, he still doesn’t feel like a natural and there will be question marks over whether he will start there in the Premier League.

However, Maresca dropped a hint on Saturday that he believes Ndidi will still be at the club next season. Or at least they hope Ndidi will stick around.

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