'Never said I want to leave' - Dewsbury-Hall

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall "loves everything about" Leicester City and hopes staying gives him a platform to make his England debut.

The 25-year-old midfielder won both Player of the Season awards during Leicester’s title-winning campaign in the Championship last season.

When asked if a return to the Premier League can help him capture England manager Gareth Southgate’s attention, Dewsbury-Hall said to BBC Sport: "That’s the aim. I feel like I have got the ability to at least be in contention.

"I don't see why when playing well in that Premier League that I couldn’t be pushing for a spot. I respect all the players - but I feel I could bring something to the team. By doing well for my club, maybe I get into the England international setup."

Despite being happy at his boyhood club, Dewsbury-Hall’s future remains uncertain amid a battle to comply with Premier League’s profit and sustainability regulations.

"I have been here since I was a kid," he said. "I love everything about the club. I grew up and managed to play in the first team. I am happy. I have never said I am actively wanting to leave. That sort of stuff is not up to me. You never know with football - the season is about to start, so we will see."

Dewsbury-Hall has become a leaders at Leicester and thanked now Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca before urging the squad to rally behind new manager Steve Cooper, with a potential points deduction looming.

"Enzo was an unbelievable manager," he continued. "I genuinely see him becoming a top manager, so it wasn’t a surprise to see he was in demand. It is weird having to change a manager after being so successful, but that’s football.

"Itis never too bad to get new ideas. I met Steve in the corridor at the training ground. He is a really nice man. Very well spoken and I just felt he was well motivated for the job. So I am positive about the appointment.

"We understand that [the points deduction] may happen. We are humans [and] we see it on social media. But it's out of our hands. We’ve got a duty now to make sure we are in the best possible shape going onto the pitch - whatever happens."

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