The Red Devils had an appointment at 2 p.m. to start their rally for the next two Nations League matches against Wales (this Thursday) and the Netherlands (Sunday). For this first day of this gathering of the Devils, Youri Tielemans and Dodi Lukebakio presented themselves to the press.
Given the situation in his club, Youri Tielemans was also particularly happy to find the Devils this Monday: “It’s true that I’m happy to be able to change air after a complicated start to the season with Leicester. I’m always happy to be back with the Red Devils, but this time it was perhaps even more so. “explains the former Anderlechtois who still claims to feel good at the Foxes despite the disastrous start to the season, “A lot has been written about a possible transfer this summer but now I’ve moved on. My family are happy at Leicester, so am I. But it’s a shame the situation we find ourselves in now. It’s never nice to lose so much. For me and for the club. After Saturday’s game (Editor’s note: lost 6-2 against Tottenham), it was very calm in the locker room. Losing week after week, it weighs on morale. Let’s hope that after the international break, we can reverse the trend.”
The international break comes at the right time, especially since the matches against Wales on Thursday and the Netherlands on Sunday are the last before the announcement of the selection for the World Cup. “It’s the last straight line before the World Cup, the last rally,” summed up Tielemans. “It’s getting closer. We’re all excited in the group. We want to be part of the group and we all want to show off. It’s going to be positive for the team, but also on an individual level.”
As he did not find the shoe for him during the last transfer window, Tielemans is now in his last year of contract with Leicester. A situation that does not bother him. “It doesn’t change much. I’m concentrating on Leicester at the moment and trying to play as well as I can to show myself. I leave the rest to my agent.”
“Give everything to hope for a selection at the World Cup”
No longer called by Roberto Martinez since October 2021, Dodi Lukebakio also did not hide his joy at returning to the Devils squad: “I was at the hotel with my team when I heard the news, I’m really happy to be here in Tubize. It’s only joy and happiness for me”, he commented, “I can’t say that I was surprised either because I’m having a good start to the season. I arrived in preparation for Hertha very focused, with a clear objective, to give my all as usual. The coach (Sandro Schwarz, who arrived this season, editor’s note) gave me confidence and that changed everything.”
A selection that comes at the best time for the Hertha Berlin player, two months before the start of the World Cup: “It’s true that I couldn’t have dreamed of better timing. Now I have to do the best I can and show myself so that the coach thinks of me when making his selection for the World Cup. I’m going to give my all it doesn’t matter where the coach wants me to play. My versatility can help me force my selection for Qatar.”