Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his freshly crowned Premier League champions that they would regret leaving the club, in comments published by British newspapers on Monday.
Leicester were presented with the Premier League trophy following Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Everton, having overcome odds of 5,000-1 to win the first top-flight title in their 132-year history.
They now face a challenge to hold onto players such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, but with a Champions League campaign on the horizon, Ranieri is confident that they will stay put.
“I want to enjoy, but I feel it is possible maybe to keep all the players,” said the Italian. “It is important for us, but it is important also for them because they don’t know the Champions League.
“If they go away, it is not good for them. It is much better if they improve another year here and then go wherever they want.
“But I have said so many times if one player comes to me and says, ‘Gaffer, I want to go’, then I leave him to go because it is OK.” Naijabet