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Saint-Etienne head coach Claude Puel has warned there is a great deal of“fake news” surrounding centre-back Wesley Fofana's proposed move to Leicester.
Speaking on Thursday, Fofana told L'Equipe he would be "crazy" to turn down the opportunity of a switch to the Premier League club and said he had accepted a contract offer from them.
Saint-Etienne, though, have not accepted any offer, despite reports of a £27mmillion (€29m/$34m) deal.
Former Foxes and Southampton boss Puel deployed the 19-year-old at the heart of his defence on Saturday as Saint-Etienne continued their positive start to the Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-0 win over Strasbourg.
After the encounter, he was questioned on the future of his young charge and was positive about the future of a player who will not turn 20 until December.
“There’s been no meeting in relation to his situation,” Puel told Canal+. “The subject has not been discussed at board level. It’s been made into a soap opera with a lot of fake news, and I’d prefer not to make a comment.”
Meanwhile, the coach was full of praise for the manner in which the defender has conducted himself on the field after a difficult period.
“Wesley has been going through some difficult things like any kid of his age,” he said. “He gave his answer tonight, though, and it was a very good answer.”
Saint-Etienne picked up the victory thanks to goals from Denis Bouanga and Mahdi Camara, but impressed defensively in the face of pressure.
The Loire side recently produced another top centre-back prospect in the form of William Saliba, who moved to Arsenal in 2018 for £27mbefore switching back to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard side last season on loan.
Leicester, whose decision to leave the No 3 shirt vacant when they released their squad numbers for the new campaign sparked more talk that they might sign Fofana, begin their Premier League campaign on Sunday away to WBA.