Leicester City’s newest star Wesley Fofana is not getting carried away with his excellent start to life at the King Power Stadium, declaring: “I’ve done nothing yet.”
Fofana has been a revelation at the back for City, with the 19-year-old helping the club win six games on the bounce to jump to the top of the Premier League table and to lead their Europa League group.
But in a mature assessment of his promising first few matches, Fofana said he knows he cannot rest on his laurels if he wants to truly make a name for himself.
The Frenchman, who withdrew from his nation’s Under-21 squad last week with a knee problem, also said he is thoroughly enjoying life at City having pushed for a move out of Saint-Etienne in the summer, prompting a stand-off with Claude Puel.
“No, I have not established myself in England yet,” he said on French TV. “The season is still long, there are still a lot of matches, we have goals to achieve.
“For the moment, we have not done anything. I’ve done nothing yet. But I hope to establish myself in England.
“I love Leicester, I am very happy. The transfer episode is behind me, now everything is fine. I play football, I’m happy, everything is going well.”
Fofana is also pleased to have received a show of faith from Brendan Rodgers, particularly at Leeds, when injuries saw the teenager placed at the heart of the defence, where he was required to take on the organisational duties usually left for Jonny Evans or Wes Morgan.
“The team is doing very well, there is a very good collective,” he added. “The team made me feel at ease, I feel good, my performances are being highlighted even more.
“The coach gave me this role to lead the defence. Even if there is the language barrier, I managed to lead. The coach trusts me, gives me a lot of responsibilities and I’m ready to accept them. I hope that it will continue.”
Despite Puel’s initial refusal to accept Fofana’s £32m exit from Saint-Etienne, the teenager has no ill will for his former coach.
“I don’t know if he still regrets it a little, but it is sure that he was important for me,” said Fofana. “I was at the base of his project. Things made me have to leave.
“I wish them the best and I hope it works. There is a very good team and very good players, I can only wish them well.”