Wesley Fofana completed his £75 million move to Chelsea earlier in the week, taking their summer spending spree to over £270 million, but it's a dig aimed at his former boss Brendan Rodgers that has caused controversy.
After the completion of his move, the player released a statement on his Instagram account, thanking the fans and club for his time at the King Power Stadium. However, towards the latter stages of the post, there was an insult towards Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.
I chose not to communicate during this transfer window despite all the criticism and all the often false and misleading comments, even when they were coming from the club.
I understood and I learned. I didn't want to damage the image of the institution and I chose to take it rather than answer.
I thank Top (Leicester City owner) for his understanding, thanks to the managers, to the coach who has always appreciated me, even if he chose to expose me a lot lately... I got it coach
Brendan Rodgers responds to Fofana's post.
Speaking after Leicester's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Thursday night, Rodgers called Fofana's words a "cheap shot". The Antrim native also highlighted how well the club treated the centre back, especially after his injury last season.
I never get too emotional with words. I think if you look at the logic of it, Wesley was exposed here to the club when very few people knew who he was. We brought him to here as a 19-year-old, put him in the team, his profile went world wide as a kid. He was absolutely brilliant.
He got injured, the club could have been exposed, but they weren't, they looked after him gave him a big, new contract. His agents would have done very well with it as well. We felt he was going to be here, I felt he wanted to be here, but the game's changed.
Brendan Rodgers also said that he didn't think the player himself posted the statement and spoke about previous messages he's received that also weren't from Wesley Fofana.
I would say the post didn't come from Wesley, I know that for sure because I've had other experiences where I had a message from Wesley, and I knew it wasn't from Wesley.
So, the post is probably a cheap shot towards the end from people and representatives other than him.
🗣 "I'd say the post didn't come from Wesley, I've had other experiences where I had a message from Wesley, which I knew wasn't from Wesley."
Brendan Rodgers responds to Wesley Fofana's statement calling the words a "cheap shot" pic.twitter.com/0OIwDoh5Ot
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 2, 2022
Rodgers bought the then 19-year-old from Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne for around £37 million pounds.
After racking up less than 50 appearances, Leicester have made quite the profit off the Fofana sale, but remain bottom of the Premier League after an abysmal start to the campaign.