Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is confident of holding on to another of his key players in the form of midfielder Danny Drinkwater this season. The Italian believes that the England international will follow the footsteps of colleagues Riyad Mahrez and sign a new deal with the club.
Drinkwater has only two years remaining on his current Leicester City contract. However, Ranieri is confident that the club will be able to retain the player for a longer duration. The player has himself stated his desire of committing to The Foxes for the longer term, as reported by The Guardian.
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“I think Drinky is very, very close. I am very happy with Drinky. He had a fantastic season and I am sure also he can improve. He has more confidence. It is the only year he played nearly all the matches. He can extend his career here.” Ranieri said.
If Leicester City is able to keep hold of Drinkwater, it will be a magnificent summer for the reigning Premier League champions. They will be able to keep hold of all the key players who contributed to their title winning last season, except N’Golo Kante who left for Chelsea.
“I thought everybody wanted to stay with Leicester and continue to fight, I made a mistake. One did want to go. Kante is finished. And it is not an excuse now because there isn’t Kante.” Ranieri added.
Mahrez’s move to Arsenal was the long-held transfer speculation of the summer. However, the Algeria international chose to follow compatriot Jamie Vardy’s footsteps by agreeing a new four-year contract with the club. Ranieri believes that the player can now produce better football as all the transfer speculations has been put to bed.
Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion is interested in signing Leicester’s Jeffrey Schlupp. But, Ranieri has mentioned that the player will remain at the club.
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