Wesley Fofana has apologised to Leicester supporters after pictures of him wearing an Arsenal shirt spread across social media.
The 20-year-old defender capped off an outstanding debut season in England by helping the Foxes win the FA Cup last month and his eye-catching performances have reportedly made him a target for Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the hunt for a centre-back.
But it was Arsenal fans who started to get rather excited about an unlikely move for Fofana after photographs of the Frenchman posing in the Gunners’ 2020/21 home kit began doing the rounds on Saturday evening.
However, a red-faced Fofana wasted little time in playing down the significance of the pictures as he took to Twitter to explain how he was ‘tricked’ into wearing the jersey by ‘former friends’ while on holiday in Dubai.
The centre-half was keen to stress that had ‘no problem’ with Arsenal but that Leicester are the team ‘in his heart’.
‘OK mates. I have been tricked by some former friends wearing an Arsenal jersey,’ Fofana shared in a post uploaded to his Twitter page.
‘I played a football game (as coach I cannot run) with some friends and at the end we exchanged jerseys.
‘I have been photographed in, what I thought, was my private sphere. I had obviously no thinking that what was a friendly game and joke will end up in social networks.
‘I feel sorry for our fans and angry against the guys that have seized the opportunity to make this bad buzz.
‘Sorry for all Arsenal friends, I have strictly no problem with the red but only the blue is in my heart.’
‘He [Fofana] is certainly a terrific player, you can just tell as a centre-back,’ Leicester legend Steve Walsh told the club’s official website last week.
‘I noticed it in probably one of his first passes in his first game. He played a blind reverse pass, it was just a clever pass and I thought: “wow, this lad can play football”.
‘His attributes, his strength, his speed, when he heads the ball, he can only get better and better. He’s had a brilliant year and what an impact to make for his first season.
‘It’s incredible for his age, first of all, and what he’s actually done this season has been amazing, it really has. To come in and hit the ground running like he has is outstanding really.’