Leicester City misfit Islam Slimani is convinced that he will return to Sporting Lisbon before he hangs up his boots, while also telling LeScore that he would jump at the chance to stay with Monaco for at least another season.
In hindsight, that summer of 2016 feels like a missed opportunity of ginormous proportions for the Foxes.
Leicester famously lifted the Premier League trophy that previous season, but it is fair to say they squandered their opportunity to build on a modern-day sporting miracle in the subsequent transfer window.
Leicester wasted so many millions on Ahmed Musa, Bartosz Kaputska and Ron-Robert Zieler but the most expensive signing was also the most disappointing.
£29 million was invested in an Algerian international in the shape of Slimani. Four years on, the old-school target man still has just 15 Premier League starts in Leicester colours to his name. Despite an impressive loan spell at Monaco, it feels unlikely that he will add to that tally any time soon.
Slimani will probably be sold in the weeks to come with one year remaining on his King Power contract. And, if Sporting Lisbon offer him a return to the Estadio Jose Alvalade, don’t expect the 31-year-old to say no.
“Why not? Sporting is a club that has a big place in my heart. To be frank, since I left Sporting, I always put in my head that I will return one day,” said a one-time Newcastle United loanee.
“When exactly? I do not know. Yes (I would also accept an offer from Monaco). Thank goodness I think I have had a good spell with Monaco. We will see later what will happen.”
A Bola suggested recently that Leicester would accept just £9 million for Slimani; a fee that would see them suffer a staggering £20 million loss.