Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is confident Riyad Mahrez will stay at the club after midfielder N’Golo Kante’s Chelsea move triggered speculation that the influential winger could follow suit.
Leicester have already had to fight off advances from several clubs to keep star striker Jamie Vardy and left wingback Jeffrey Schlupp
And Ranieri is certain of retaining the majority of the Premier League title-winning squad.
Mahrez remains the subject of interest from several clubs, including Spanish champions Barcelona, according to the British media, while Vardy rejected a move to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and signed a new deal at Leicester last month.
Ranieri says: “Only Kante wanted to go – that’s OK.
“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 wants to stay.
“No other players will go away – we will stay together.
“The football continues without Riyad [Mahrez] or without Kante 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,” adds Ranieri.