Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers lifts lid on Celtic exit and explains why he left for Leicester

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers admits it was not ideal timing to leave Celtic but could not turn down the opportunity to manage Leicester City.

Rodgers won seven consecutive major domestic honours at Parkhead and was on the verge of an unprecedented treble treble before exiting his contract.

Leicester made Rodgers their number one priority after sacking Claude Puel and appointed the Northern Irishman two days later.

Eight months on and with a vibrant Foxes side sitting third in the Premier League after seven games, Rodgers reflected on his decision to leave Glasgow.

“I lived my dream managing Celtic, a club I supported,” the 46-year-old told The Telegraph.

“That journey will always be with me. But every manager and players will have goals and objectives they want to achieve in their career. Your situation can change very quickly.

“We won seven trophies on the spin and if I felt I could not take Celtic further it had to be the right club and I thought Leicester was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“The timing was not ideal but I left the team in a good place.”

Celtic went on to win the league and Scottish Cup with Neil Lennon in charge, completing the historic treble treble, while Rodgers steered Leicester to 9th in the Premier League.

As for his squad in East Midlands, Rodgers feels it has the attributes to grow.

“I see players like James Maddison, who is better than I thought when I saw him at Aberdeen and Norwich,” he said. “He loves the game. Then there is exciting young talent like Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes.

“But I have to tell you, the senior players, some of whom took a lot of criticism a few years ago – Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy Danny Simpson, Marc Albrighton – they have been absolutely magnificent for me.

“They train so hard every day and really care. They are winners, too. They have that mindset which really helps.”

Source: NewsNow

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