Claudio Ranieri has provide reassurance that Leicester City’s midfield star Riyad Mahrez is likely to remain with the Premier League champions.
Speculation shrouded Mahrez’s future with the club following N’Golo Kante’s departure to Chelsea, but Ranieri insisted that Mahrez will stay.
“Only Kanté wanted to go – that’s OK,” Ranieri said. “But I understood him, he came from a little team in France and had a fantastic season.” I said to him stay with us and have another year with us but he wanted to go.”
“Everybody here is happy and, yes, he (Mahrez) wants to stay. No other players will go away – we will stay together,” Ranieri added.
“The football continues without Riyad or without Kanté but Riyad will stay with us for all of the years. It’s important to maintain the group, with the spirit, with the humility – that’s important for me.”
As they fight to keep their star players, Leicester City also looks to add players into their forward line after signing on 23-year-old Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow for a club record fee of approximately £16m.
The Foxes now contends against West Ham United for Wissam Ben Yedder for the Toulouse forward.
Toulouse coach Pascal Dupraz had been keen to let other clubs make their interest in Ben Yedder known, with the Ligue 1 club hoping to complete a deal for the Frenchman by next week.
Meanwhile, Leicester would visit Glasgow for a friendly against Celtic. Their remaining pre-season calendar includes trips to Stockholm and California, to play Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain respectively in the International Champions Cup.