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Ndidi waiting for right time to leave Leicester City – Lawal

14:27 BST 25/06/2021
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City
The Super Eagles midfielder has been a consistent performer since he arrived at the King Power Stadium in 2017
Former Nigeria winger Garba Lawal believes Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is waiting for the right time to look for a new challenge elsewhere.

Ndidi has proven to be a standout player in Brendan Rodgers’ team with his marshalling displays in the Foxes’ midfield.

The 24-year-old moved to the Premier League from Belgian club Genk in January 2017 and he has become one of the best defensive midfielders in the top-flight.

Thanks to his impressive performances, he was rewarded with a six-year contract extension at the King Power Stadium in 2018 which means he has three years left at the club as per his current deal.

With several Premier League clubs in the transfer market looking to boost their midfield options, Lawal is not worried by lack of transfer interest in the Super Eagles player but he encouraged the 2021 FA Cup winner to keep working hard.

“Football is all about continuity, if he is given a chance to leave for a big club, he will because he has the potential and the abilities to deliver,” the 47-year-old told Goal.

“I believe in just waiting for the right time for him to get there and excel. If he does not have any approach, he should continue giving his best because he is a top player and he will surely have his right time.”

Ndidi has ended two Premier League campaigns as the top tackler - the 2017-18 and 2019-20 seasons.

In the 2020-21 season, he completed 96 tackles in 26 league appearances for the Foxes which placed him fourth, behind Leeds United’s Luke Ayling, Brighton & Hover Albion's Yves Bissouma and Tottenham Hotspur star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the Premier League's top tacklers ranking.

The Nigeria international also showed his versatility last term when he was deployed as a centre-back on several occasions for the Foxes.

Ndidi will be expected to build the hype around him when Leicester City begin their 2021-22 Premier League campaign and their European sojourn in the Uefa Europa League.

Rodgers' men already have a league date with Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the Premier League season - August 14.