Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has said that he was ‘laughing’ at reports that he wanted to leave the club this summer, amid links to Nottingham Forest, Reelradio.com.ng reports.
After the club suffered relegation last season, Ndidi is one of the top players speculated to be on his way out of the team.
But the Nigerian international chose to stay despite offers from top European teams.
“To be honest no,” he told BBC Radio Leicester’s When You’re Smiling Podcast when asked if he ever thought that he would leave the club in the summer. “Because when he (Maresca) came, he tried to explain his philosophy and also the simplicity of the game and I just feel like it’s something I can actually learn from.
“I’ve been open minded to try and learn more on his philosophy and his style of game and it’s been going well. I’m happy that I’m here.
“There’s no time that I wanted to leave. Sometimes I saw the news and I was just laughing because it wasn’t true.”
Ndidi’s market value drops
Wilfred Ndidi’s market transfer value has nosedived from €60m to €25m in just one year following the relegation of Leicester City from the Premier League at the end of the 2022/23 season.
Last year, Ndidi was rated as the most valuable Nigerian player, even ahead of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen who is now fourth in the world following his impressive performances for the Serie A champions.
Ndidi suffered a drop in his transfer market value on four consecutive occasions in September and November 2022, as well as March and June 2023.