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Barnes commits future to Leicester with new five-year deal

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Leicester academy graduate Harvey Barnes has signed a new five-year contract following his breakthrough season with the Foxes.

The 21-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Sky Bet Championship side West Brom but was recalled in January after scoring nine times in six appearances for the Baggies.

He subsequently made 16 appearances for Leicester, scoring his first Premier League goal against West Ham in April and won a place in England's Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.

"I'm delighted. For me, the progression that I've had at the club, from joining at such an early age to the position I'm in now, is something I want to continue, so when a new contract was mentioned, it was a no-brainer," he told LCFC TV.

"There's going to be a lot of work going in over pre-season, and I think as a team we're really strong at the minute, so next year could be a big year for us."

Barnes joined Leicester's academy at the age of nine and made his first-team debut against Porto in the Champions League in December 2016.

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Maguire praises Rodgers impact at Leicester

Harry Maguire has saluted Brendan Rodgers' impact as Leicester target their best run for two years. Credit: PA

Harry Maguire has saluted Brendan Rodgers' impact as Leicester target their best run for two years.

The Foxes host Newcastle on Friday aiming for a fifth straight Premier League win, something they have not achieved since Craig Shakespeare's first games as boss in 2017.

They are seventh, leading the race for a possible Europa League spot, and Maguire believes Rodgers' influence is key.

"He's a really good coach who will improve us as a team massively. The club has shown really great ambition in luring him here," said the England defender.

"He breeds confidence into players, he's helping to bring the younger players through, does a lot of work on the training pitch and his man management is really top. He's made a really big impact.

"Over the last four games, we've started to pick up results we've warranted.

"We're scoring the first goal in a lot of games which is really important so we can kick on and get a second and third.

"The performances have been really good and I think in every game, we've deserved to win."

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Celtic give Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester

Rodgers' Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premier League. Credit: PA

Celtic have given Brendan Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester about their managerial vacancy, Press Association Sport understands.

The Foxes are looking for a successor to Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday.

Rodgers, 46, has been in charge at Parkhead since 2016 and led Celtic to the title twice, while they are currently eight points clear of second-placed Rangers.

However, the former Swansea and Liverpool boss is understood to want to return to the Premier League at some stage.

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