Tuesday 22 October 2019

Fuchs to carry on at Leicester despite lack of games

Fuchs is yet to feature in the Premier League for Leicester this season.

Leicester’s Christian Fuchs is yet to feature in the Premier League this season (Barrington Coombs/PA)
Leicester’s Christian Fuchs is yet to feature in the Premier League this season (Barrington Coombs/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Christian Fuchs has vowed to fight for his Leicester place despite not playing a single minute in the Premier League this season.

With Ben Chilwell now the Foxes’ number one left back, Fuchs has been restricted to just three appearances, in the Carabao Cup, having been the preferred choice since joining on a free from Schalke in 2015.

Title-winner Fuchs announced last season he intends to leave the Foxes when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign but is not yet considering a January exit.

He told Press Association Sport: “Not as of right now. I’m trying to give my best for the club, that’s always been the case.

“I’m always very straightforward and I’m aware of my situation. I believe whenever I’ve played I’ve tried my best and performed well.

“The gaffer knows he can rely on me, if there’s a need. I’m not doing things half-heartedly, I’m just trying to give me best.”

Chilwell’s form has earned him five England caps this term after breaking into Gareth Southgate’s squad and Fuchs believes the 21-year-old has what it takes to reach the top.

He said: “Ben is at the very beginning. A lot of things are happening very fast for him, being in the national team, and it’s about keeping the level of performance.

“I’m convinced of his talent, I’ve seen him over the last three years, and it’s down to him what he makes of it.

“He knows what he has to do. He knows the game, but sometimes you see things better when you’re watching from the outside.”

Former Austria international Fuchs was speaking at his Fox Soccer Academy at Aylestone Park FC in Leicester as the project continues to develop.

This season sees the first group of 16-19-year-old scholarship players at the academy.

They are second in the AoC Sport East Midlands Men’s Championship Invitation A, aiming for promotion to the Category One level, and have played showcase games against Notts County, Mansfield and Kidderminster

The academy, which also has bases in New York and Austria, was initially opened for eight-to-16-year-olds.

But the scholarship, which also offers players the chance to study for a BTEC level 3 in sport, an FA coaching badge and a refereeing qualification, is taking off.

Scouts from professional clubs are paying attention and, despite the success of the first year, Fuchs does not want to stop yet.

“I see the talent and how they work,” said the 32-year-old. “It’s a surprise because they had little experience but they’ve set the standard, so I expect them to keep performing like that.

“There are scouts coming down, if you win against good teams word travels fast.

“When we started it five years ago in the US the thought was that it could be a pathway. Along the way we’ve changed out goals a little but the main focus of finding talent is still our priority.

“It’s one of the goals to get them into an academy, or a fourth-tier club – which is still very good – and develop them.

“When I was young I wish something like this existed, to give them training, education, a full-time coach who is dedicated to you.

“By next summer we’re trying to expand in the UK – there’s so much more talent out there.”

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