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Eriksson happy Matt Fryatt is staying at Leicester City

Matt Fryatt
He is a good talent and if he wants to stay and fight then sooner or later he will play

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Leicester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says striker Matt Fryatt had the chance to leave on loan in November but wants to stay and fight for his place.

Last season's top scorer has started just six games this term.

And the arrival of Roman Bednar and Darius Vassell has seen him slip further down the pecking order.

Eriksson told BBC Radio Leicester: "There were clubs interested. But he said 'I want to stay and fight' and I am more than happy about that."

Eriksson added: "If it will be something different in January I don't know.

"Maybe he hasn't shown his best so far but I know that last season he did very well. He's young; he is a good talent and if he wants to stay and fight then sooner or later he will play."

Foxes coach Derek Fazackerley said that Fryatt, who scored 13 goals last season, has become frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities.

And Eriksson said he would not stand in the forward's way if he wants to leave.

"It's the same with him as for the other players; if he is not happy to stay then he shouldn't stay," Eriksson said.

"I don't want to see unhappy faces in the morning. Then, it's better to leave; it's better for the players and it's better for the club."

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