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expects Newcastle’s new-found wealth to make Leicester’s life tougher as he tries to restore the competitive edge that helped his players make history last season.
Rodgers was one of the names on Newcastle’s list to replacefollowing their £305million Saudi-backed takeover but the Foxes boss said on Friday night he had no plans to leave Leicester.
And as he prepared his faltering side to faceon Saturday, Rodgers admitted some of his players were struggling to build on May’s FA Cup victory – Leicester’s first in their 137-year existence – and their consecutive fifth-place finishes in the .
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‘I have huge respect for top players who keep winning and winning,’ said Rodgers. ‘Success is a disease. It’s something that can set in with players and people and we have to ensure we keep pushing.
‘Some of these players may think what we’ve done over these last couple of seasons is the best they can possibly do, but I’m here to win and I want to keep challenging.
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‘You have to keep proving a point. What you’ve done in the past is great. You’ll be there in the club’s history but you’ve got to get uncomfortable again and keep striving to be the best you can be.
‘I've always taken on a challenge at the clubs I’ve been to. If there’s a certain level of money at Newcastle and an infrastructure that allows that money to be spent wisely, then absolutely [it makes it harder for us].
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Amanda Staveley says the long-term ambition for Newcastle United is to top the Premier League after the club's takeover was completed."Newcastle United deserves to be top of the Premier League. We want to get there. It will take time, but we will get there," says Staveley, the chief executive of PCP Capital Partners who is now a director on the Newcastle board.
‘They are going to be able to attract a level of player and that could make it even more difficult for other clubs to reach the top positions.
‘But we want to compete and we want to be fighting. We have a fantastic infrastructure and then it’s about developing the team to allow us to be competitive.’
Rodgers hopes to have defender Jonny Evans available as he continues to manage a foot problem, while James Justin is also nearing a return, though midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is expected to be out for at least another month.
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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers saluted bookworm Patson Daka and insisted he will make his mark in the Premier League. The Zambia striker has five goals in his last two games after his historic four-goal haul in the Europa League.The Foxes face Brentford on Sunday following their thrilling 4-3 win at Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Daka's four strikes made club history as he became the first Leicester player to score a European hat-trick and the first player to bag four in one game for 63 years.