David Ornstein has provided some interesting snippets of information regarding Harvey Barnes’ potential new contract extension at Leicester.
The Athletic recently reported that the Englishman is set to sign a fresh four-year deal, though Leicester will only confirm it once the finer details have been finalised.
While talking on The Athletic Football Podcast, Ornstein elaborated by revealing some information about one of those key details and also explained why the club wanted to agree new terms with a player whose current contract does not expire until 2024 anyway.
Ornstein said: “Leicester are set to hand a new contract to Harvey Barnes. From what I hear, it’s on the verge of being signed, and it’s a vast improvement on his previous salary. He was already under contract until 2024.
“There are clubs like Liverpool credibly looking at him. And so there are teams that are seemingly [thinking] ‘to have is to hold’ and to keep what you have and to invest in that.”
TIF Thoughts on Leicester and Harvey Barnes…
Barnes looks capable of becoming a star for the Foxes in the near future, having shown plenty of promise at the club already – registering nine goals and four assists in the previous campaign.
Sadly, his development was derailed towards the latter stages of last season when he suffered a bad injury which saw a piece of bone come off around his patella tendon.
Fortunately, he is fit and playing again and looks ready to make an impact for Leicester once more, with two starts for the club already at this point so early on in the new season.
No doubt this, and Ornstein’s reported interest from Liverpool, explain why the club are going to increase Barnes’ wages.
When the Foxes do announce all the details of his new contract, it’s likely the club’s fans will be delighted to know their player is committed to Brendan Rodgers’ project.