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Leonardo Ulloa: ‘I feel betrayed by Ranieri’; Refuses to play for Leicester again

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Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa has revealed on Twitter that he feels betrayed by club coach Claudio Ranieri. The 30-year-old Argentinian has expressed his desire not to play for The Foxes again.

“With all respect to the LCFC fans, I feel betrayed by Ranieri and let down by the club. I will not play for them again,” Ulloa tweeted. The former Brighton & Hove Albion striker handed in a transfer request last week.

There are interests from several clubs for Ulloa. However, Leicester is not willing to let go of the player. Spanish club Alaves had a transfer bid of $2.12 million rejected by the reigning Premier League champions. Premier League club Sunderland also had a bid of $3.7m rejected, with The Foxes hierarchy claiming that they won’t be selling the player to a local rival, as reported by Sky Sports.

However, Sunderland reportedly will return with an improved bid. They are expected to submit an increased transfer fee between $6.2m and $$8.7m for Ulloa. It has to be noted that the 30-year-old has made only two starts for Leicester this season in which he has found the net once.

Apart from Sunderland and Alaves, Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray has also shown their interest in the player. However, Cimbom wants to take in the player on a loan with a view to make the move permanent at the end of the season. But, Leicester is adamant that they won’t let the Ulloa leave in January.

Ulloa feels he can be happy somewhere else

Leonardo Ulloa, who has been with Leicester City for two years, feels that the best way forward for him is to leave the club. He has expressed his desire to be happy elsewhere.

“It’s been two wonderful years at the club but now, given my situation – not playing and not being part of the team’s plans – I feel that the best way forward is I leave and I can be happy somewhere else,” Ulloa said.

The Argentine still has 18 months left on his current contract with Leicester City. Ulloa arrived at the King Power Stadium from Brighton in July 2014.

“If I stay at the club, it is going to seriously affect my career and my future. They know I am not going to be used. The best thing for both parties is they sell me to another club and I can continue playing my football somewhere else.” Ulloa added.

Photo courtesy: James Boyes/Wikimedia

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