Date: 12th October 2017 at 4:57pm
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Manager Craig Shakespeare has said that although he’s thankful Adrien Silva is now training with the Leicester City squad, he’s deeply disappointed in FIFA’s decision.

FIFA of course – they couldn’t possibly be at fault could they with their record – rejected Leicester’s forensic evidence that the paperwork had gone through in time and ahead of the deadline on transfer window day because frankly there couldn’t be anything wrong with their Transfer Matching System and a delay their end could there.

The fact at least one other ‘late’ deal has now been ratified should be ignored of course.

In any event Silva is unable to play for us until January 1 and Shakespeare spoke of his disappointment to the Leicester Mercury.

‘I can thankfully report he is training with us. Obviously we are disappointed with the decision by FIFA and the other processes are in the hands of the club.’

Other processes obviously include a potential Court of Arbitration appeal but that’s unlikely to be heard ahead of January – however it’s the principle surely?

‘He is training with us and I speak to him on regular basis during training to make sure he’s fully focussed on what his requirements are but he is training with us. His mood has been fine. I think it’s difficult because I am still getting to know him and I don’t know him 100 per cent yet.’

Shakespeare went on to say.

‘I think it was always difficult during this saga, if that’s what you want to call it, because ultimately he’s a footballer and he’s going to have his moments because he wants to play football and train and he’s had to miss out not only on club football but international football and we’ve tried to keep his spirits up. The camaraderie and the banter is brilliant in and around the changing rooms and I wanted to integrate him as quickly as possible and I can do that now. He’s out on the training pitch now which is great for him and great for me.’

As for a potential CAS appeal, Shakespeare repeated that was in the hands of the club and he hadn’t yet been given a decision, he was however confident that Silva had the mental strength to see this through – and if there is a positive to be taken he can get adjusted to his colleagues, Shakespeare’s requirements and our style of play and tactics before he’s thrown into the deep end.

(Grasping at straws maybe for a stupid FIFA).

‘I think it’s under review. I will leave it in the hands of the club because it’s still a can of worms for someone like me who is just football based, not knowing all the ins and outs. I think I will wait for the club to come back to me and I`m sure the club are reviewing what the options are and until they have reviewed them I will make sure myself and Adrien concentrate on the coaching on the training pitch.’

He added.

‘Behind closed doors friendlies is something I will look at. I will talk with Adrien and the club about which way to go forward. It would be remiss of me not to plan for the worst case scenario, which is that we don’t have him until January. In terms of his fitness we will have a plan in place – and we will probably have a Plan A, B, C, D, E and F so it’s something that we will continue to monitor.’

Shakey admitted it was a strange and unique position to be in, but it was about communication now and getting on with it despite the challenges it poses.

‘Your man management in terms of this is new to me, that situation. I have had numerous conversations with him along those lines (psychologically). The mentality of players is very important but from talking to him he seems to have a strong mentality and is very resilient, which he needs to be. Sometimes just the conversations just to ask is he ok? I have had plenty of them. I have only had back positive vibes.’

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