Yuri Tillmans has admitted life is “difficult” at Leicester at the moment, with the club bottom in the Premier League table.
The Foxes earned just one point from their first seven games in the first division, having lost six consecutive games. Recent defeats 5-2 and 6-2 away to Brighton and Tottenham respectively have increased the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.
Tillmans’ focus now turns to securing a place in Belgium’s squad ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar – but the Leicester midfielder says it is difficult to get his club’s poor domestic form out of his head while on international duty.
“I’m glad to get a little fresh air here [with Belgium] “Because it’s difficult at Leicester at the moment,” the midfielder told Belgium’s press conference. “It’s clear things are not going well at the club. We are doing everything we can as a team.
“At Leicester, the losing streak has taken its toll on us as a group. We need to take advantage of that break to recharge our energies. It’s hard to get my mind off because it’s still running in my head. Only my kids sometimes stop me from thinking about it.”
Tillman has been linked with a move away from Leicester, with Premier League leaders Arsenal keen on the 25-year-old before that interest cooled down later in the summer.
The Belgian midfielder’s contract at Leicester expires at the end of this season, but he has opted to stay at King Power Stadium for the current season.
Tillmans insists he has no regrets about the decision to stay, despite the club’s low position in the league.
“I won’t talk much about the status of my contract at the moment,” he added. “I didn’t leave Leicester in the summer because I always said the project had to be the right one.
“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I have to regret it [staying]. “
Rodgers insists he will respect any decision Leicester owners make about his future after increasing pressure on his position as coach once again with their 6-2 crush on Saturday at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Foxes took an early lead in north London, but individual errors and a persistent inability to defend set pieces saw them slip into a second heavy defeat in several matches.
Leicester have conceded 25 goals from set-pieces since the start of last season – more than any other team in the Premier League – and the 22 goals they have scored this season are more than any other team in the top four divisions.
Rodgers admitted the stats “do not make a good read” for him or Leicester and admitted he is unsure if he will remain in charge at King Power Stadium after the upcoming international break.
“I don’t know, frankly,” Rodgers said. “Whatever [the owners’] The decision is, I will always respect it.
“I think we’ve seen enough. I felt the team tonight, if you watch them play in the first half, you can see the confidence and creativity. It’s just getting rid of mistakes.
“There is no doubt that we had our first seven difficult games, especially after the summer we went through – Tottenham away, Arsenal away, Chelsea away, Manchester United at home and other games we have to win.
“He. She [the international break] Maybe it’s time to reset everything, and break the cycle from summer too. The owners will do what they feel they need to do.
“I am not silly, I know football and the last six matches are not a good read. But I have every confidence that the team can go ahead and climb the table if they play like they did in big chunks and get rid of mistakes.”