Wilfried Ndidi has urged his Leicester City teammates to keep fighting to secure qualification for next season’s Uefa Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’ men remain third on the Premier League table after playing out a goalless draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at home on Tuesday.
After a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, they resumed league action on Saturday against Watford with Ben Chilwell’s strike helping them earn a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.
With seven games remaining for Leicester City in the English top-flight this season, Ndidi believes they can still keep their spot in the top-four and stage a return to Europe since their last campaign in the 2016-17 season.
“It will be a plus to us as players, in our careers, if we can play in the Champions League. But it is something we have to work for,” Ndidi told Football Daily.
“It is not about what we have done in past matches. These eight games remaining, it is important for us to actually fight hard and pick the Champions League ticket.
“It is something we have to work for, we have to stay there. If we do our best and get the points, then we will get there.”
Ndidi made his Champions League debut with the Foxes in February 2017, a month after joining them on a five-year contract from Belgian outfit Genk.
He played against Sevilla in the Round of 16 and then played against Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, with the Spanish side knocking them out after a 2-1 aggregate win.
The Nigeria international has been a key player at the King Power Stadium with his dominant displays in midfield, and his tackling abilities which rank him as one of the best in England.
Out of the 25 appearances he’s made in the Premier League this season, the Super Eagles midfielder averages 3.8 tackles per game, 2.7 interceptions per game and 2.2 clearances per match.
Ndidi be will hoping to guide Leicester City past Chelsea in their FA Cup fixture scheduled for June 28 before they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton for their next league match on July 1.