Report: Aston Villa target Jeffrey Schlupp opens contract extension talks with Leicester City

Leicester City wide man Jeffrey Schlupp is reportedly in talks to extend his contract with the club.

According to the Leicester Mercury, Ghanaian international Jeffrey Schlupp has opened talks with Leicester City over signing a new contract extension.

The Foxes performed a miraculous escape under Nigel Pearson last season, rescuing themselves from relegation despite seeming doomed for most of the campaign.

Now, Pearson will want to strengthen his squad, but may have to deal with vultures looking to pick off some of Leicester's top players.

The Mirror reported on Saturday that Aston Villa are interested in signing Foxes star Jeffrey Schlupp, with the 22-year-old able to play at left back and on the left wing - two areas Villa boss Tim Sherwood will be looking to strengthen this summer.

However, in light of that interest, Leicester have now opened talks with Schlupp over a new contract to stay at the King Power Stadium according to the Leicester Mercury, with the player rewarded for an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

The report states that Schlupp is happy to stay at Leicester, meaning Villa may need to look elsewhere for transfer targets this summer.

The right decision?

Schlupp has been with Leicester for ten years now, rising up through the ranks with the club to become the first team player he is now.

The Ghanaian is playing on a regular basis under Pearson, and needs to carry on playing to continue his development - and right now, Leicester probably give him the best chance of that.

Leaving now could be a risk for Schlupp, and whilst a move away may come at some point in the future, right now he should focus on playing for Leicester - so signing a new contract should be a good move for the player.

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