Shinji Okazaki eyes move to Spain or Italy as Premier League winner is set to leave Leicester on free transfer
- Shinji Okazaki has fallen down the pecking order at Leicester City
- New boss Brendan Rodgers wants to freshen up his attacking options
- Okazaki has made just one Premier League start for the Foxes this season
Shinji Okazaki is set to leave Leicester when his contract runs out at the end of the season in another departure from the side that won the Premier League.
Danny Simpson’s future is also uncertain and with talks over any possible new deal yet to take place the prospect is rising that he could become a free agent.
Shinji Okazaki looks set to leave Leicester at the end of the season after falling out of favour
Okazaki played a key role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title win in the 2015-16 season
Okazaki, who turns 33 on Tuesday, has seen his first-team opportunities limited since providing the perfect foil to Jamie Vardy as the club claimed a miraculous title.
He joined from Mainz for £7million in the summer of 2015 and signed improved terms after becoming a champion. But he has made only one Premier League start this campaign, coming off the bench 19 times.
Simpson was another integral member of Claudio Ranieri’s team, bringing solidity to defence, but he has lost his place to Ricardo Pereira this season, appearing only eight times, and his contract expires this summer.
Leicester could still offer the 32-year-old another deal as a back-up but Rodgers is expected to first see whether signing a new right back to challenge Pereira makes more sense.
Leicester right back Danny Simpson (far right) could also be allowed to leave in the summer