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Wilfried Ndidi’s former coach makes transfer admission amid Manchester United links



Manchester United have been told that their midfield transfer target Wilfried Ndidi ‘has what it takes to succeed’ at a big club.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be hoping to strengthen the side once the January transfer window opens as he looks to take United back into the top four.

United lack options at the base of midfield with Paul Pogba currently out injured and his contract expiring in the summer.

Nemanja Matic isn’t getting any younger and the club have been linked with a defensive midfielder dating back beyond the summer.

That leaves Fred and Scott McTominay carrying the bulk of the load in central midfield.

West Ham United’s Declan Rice, Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara have all seen their names attached to the club in recent weeks.

Ndidi is no different as he continues to impress with Leicester City and his former assistant manager at Genk, Rudi Cossey, has tipped the 25-year-old to thrive at a club the size of United.

“He is going to play for a big club, without a doubt. He is a great boy, always smiling and always hardworking,” Cossey said to La Derniere Heure.

“He really did everything he could to quickly settle in Genk and grew into a strong holder in no time. That transfer to England was doubly deserved.

“He has what it takes to succeed. A great team player, gets along well with everyone.”

Ndidi left Genk for Leicester in 2017 and is approaching five years at the King Power Stadium.

Ndidi is unlikely to leave when the window opens in two weeks, with current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers singing his praises earlier this season.

“He [Ndidi] is very, very important for us, from a defensive perspective,” Rodgers told club media after the Nigerian returned from injury in November.

“He covers a lot of space. In those defensive moments, you need that player to get back in. He’s a very, very important player for us.

But with two years left on his deal come the summer, a move could be on the cards.





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