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Jamie Vardy has elected to sign an improved offer to stay at Leicester City rather than moving to Arsenal after the Gunners triggered his release clause earlier in the month.

Vardy, nearing his 30th birthday, realistically has one last chance to cash in on the amazing success of this past season. He has elected to do that at the King Power Stadium rather than at the Emirates. He left for the Euros with an offer to move to Arsenal for a significant pay raise. In the meantime, Leicester City have either matched or at least come close enough to matching to entice the forward to stay for the Foxes Champions League campaign. Arsenal's search for attacking reinforcements will have to continue elsewhere.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 23 - 10:31 AM

England would fall behind in a frustrating first half, but two substitutions to begin the second half led directly to an equalizer and match winner that would see the Three Lions defeat Wales, 2-1.

England had a golden opportunity to go up early when Adam Lallana delivered a fantastic cross to Raheem Sterling in the area but Sterling's touch was poor and his shot sailed over the bar. The Three Lions dominated Wales on the stat sheet, racking up corners and free kick chances but could not find a way to beat Wayne Hennessey. Wales then scored on basically their only chance from a free kick. Roy Hodgson brought on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge to begin the second half and the duo would each score to come from behind to win. Vardy struck in the 52nd minute on a loose ball that Sturridge delivered into the area. Sturridge then won the match two minutes into stoppage time, beating Hennessey at the near post after being teed up by Dele Alli. England look set to go through to the knockout stage now with the win.
Source: Guardian
Jun 16 - 10:55 AM

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez aren't the only ones benefitting from a Leicester City title run as Marcin Wasilewski has signed a new contract.

The Polish international's previous deal was set to expire this summer but Leicester City offered a new one-year contract to keep him around for the title defense through next summer. The 36-year-old made nine appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions while filling in at critical junctions along the back-line when Robert Huth was injured or suspended. The center-back has made 72 appearances for the club since joining in their Championship-winning season in 2013 from Anderlecht.
Jun 16 - 4:45 AM

Claudio Ranieri has indicated that his star forward has yet to make a decision between remaining at Leicester City or going to Arsenal.

After widespread rumors that the deal to Arsenal was done there was a quick turnaround when the same rumor mill was convinced that Vardy had decided to turn down the potentially lucrative move to the Emirates. Now comes word from Vardy's manager Claudio Ranieri that indicates that the player is still undecided on the subject. Looks like this one has a ways to go before it is decided.
Jun 14 - 5:00 PM

Austria were the heavy favorites going into today's match but Hungary had other ideas, beating their rivals in a 2-0 upset.

In hindsight, the upset looked destined to happen before the match reached its first minute. Star Austrian midfielder David Alaba slammed a shot from 25 yards out that was out of the Hungarian keeper's reach but it hit the base of the post. It was an even first half for both sides, but another missed opportunity came when Marko Arnautovic sent in a dangerous cross but Martin Harnik squandered a chance to finish from point blank range. Hungary would break through in the 62nd minute and Austria was then further damaged by a questionable second yellow card to Aleksandar Dragovic, sending them down to 10 men. Hungary would then seal the three points with a second goal in the 87th minute as Austrian captain Christian Fuchs and the rest of the defense could not recover from losing Dragovic. Hungary are likely to end the day atop their group and are already in good shape to advance past the group stage.
Source: Guardian
Jun 14 - 2:00 PM

N'Golo Kante has been linked with yet another club who are yearning for his talents as Liverpool are ready to match his £22m release clause.

At this point, the question is no longer whether Kante will stay at Leicester or go, it is simply a matter of where he is going and which club is prepared to top what should be a charged bidding war. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all a part of the race, with United appearing to be the front-runners. Kante's arrival to Leicester was as crucial to their title win as anything, if not the most crucial, as he completely bossed the middle of the pitch as a tackling machine and precision passer. Assuming he keeps his mentality the same, he will be a huge positive for whichever club is lucky enough to get him.
Source: Daily Star
Jun 14 - 12:22 AM

Danny Simpson is hoping to convince club teammate Jamie Vardy to remain at Leicester – even if it is for just one more year.

Vardy has been heavily linked with a move away from the King Power with Arsenal reportedly ready to trigger a £20million release clause. But while media speculation suggested a decision would be made ahead of Euro 2016, the 29-year-old remained silent on his future. "I have spoken to Jamie. Everyone wants him to stay. We would like everyone to stay, even if it's just for one more year," Simpson told the BBC. "It's his decision, and he says he wants to concentrate on the European Championships. No money can buy the bond that we have got at the club. It's a special group. Why not carry on and kick on as a group and squad?"
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 13 - 7:39 AM

Arsène Wenger has heaped praise on N’Golo Kante ahead of France’s Euro 2016 opener as the Leicester City midfielder continues to be linked with a potential move to Arsenal.

Kante is believed to have a £20million release clause, similar to that of club teammate Jamie Vardy, and speaking to beIN Sports Wenger’s comments will only serve to fuel speculation that the 25-year-old could be Emirates bound. "I admire and like N'Golo a lot - it gives you ideas. He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays, the more at ease he is. He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He's always where he needs to be. It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder." Kante was involved in all but one of the Foxes 38 Premier League games [33 starts] and played a direct part in five goals [one goal plus four assists] while his average of 4.7 tackles per game was the highest in Europe.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 10 - 5:37 AM

Wes Morgan made an unexpected appearance from the bench on Sunday as Jamaica fell 1-0 to underdogs Venezuela in the opening game of their Copa America campaign.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Reggae Boyz coach revealed: "Morgan has come, but he is tired; All week, he has not trained. He partied in London and Thailand, but I am very happy he is here, and maybe he can help in the second match but not the first match because it is too difficult." However, following an injury to New York defender Kemar Lawrence, Morgan was called into action: "I felt like I grew into the match," he said. "At the start it was quite tough, not having a proper warm-up and going straight into the game. It was a hot day and 10 men and it was a goal down, so it was all against me but I felt OK. Coming into a tough game was never going to be easy." Jamaica now face an uphill task to qualify from Group C with Mexico and Uruguay still to play.
Source: Goal.com
Jun 6 - 4:48 AM

In a shocking turn of events, Arsenal have apparently met Jamie Vardy's release clause and will apparently attempt to negotiate a deal with the high-scoring forward.

Is this Arsene Wenger's Robin Van Persie moment? Sir Alex Ferguson, chasing a final title before retiring, spent significant money on Van Persie who was entering the latter stages of his career. If Ferguson had had a longer time horizon at the club, he probably wouldn't have paid that sort of money for an injury-prone forward in his late-20s. This situation seems similar with Wenger prioritizing winning over the next two seasons over buying an appreciating asset. The price isn't unreasonable with the release clause set at £22 million for any club participating in the Champions League. With Vardy currently on £80,000 a week after signing a new contract in February the Gunners and Foxes will presumably play a game of chicken over who is willing to pay the forward more in wages.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 3 - 3:49 PM

Leicester City have made their first move of the summer signing German World Cup winner Ron-Robert Zieler from Hanover.

The former Manchester United youth product never made a first team appearance at Old Trafford but he'll have another chance to break into the English top flight after signing with champions Leicester City. After departing United, Zieler earned a first team role with Hanover where he has appeared 185 times. He also ascended to a reserve role with the German national team that saw him pick up a World Cup winner's medal in 2014 as a reserve to Manuel Neuer. Kasper Schmeichel has some incentive to stay sharp as he enters his 30s in November.
Source: @lcfc
Jun 3 - 8:55 AM

Leicester City is set to offer Kasper Schemeichel a massive bumper contract after leading the team to a Premier League title.

Reports suggest the two parties have already entered into negotiations over a new five-year contract that would make Schmeichel one of the highest paid goalkeepers in the league, on par with Manchester United keeper David De Gea and Manchester City's Joe Hart and their six-figure-per-week contracts. The Danish international started all 38 Premier League matches this season, posting 15 clean sheets and a save percentage of 73.3 percent while conceding only 36 goals. He currently has two years left on his contract but the Foxes are keen to tie the keeper down before the transfer window opens.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 3 - 2:00 AM

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater did not make the final cut for England's national team at the Euros this summer.

England national team coach left the Leicester standout off the final 23-man roster along with injured Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph and Newcastle winger Andros Townsend. Drinkwater had just made his first England cap during the past season and featured in England's latest friendlies, but did not do enough in Hodgson's mind to earn a spot on the final team ahead of a recently-fit Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson. Meanwhile, forwards Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford each made the team with the tournament set to start in 10 days.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 1 - 1:01 AM

Leicester City have gone after Hannover 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

Zieler is a solid goalkeeper who can be had for a reasonable price. He isn't likely to be ahead of Kasper Schmeichel, but rumors have surfaced about Schmeichel's status going forward. If Schmeichel goes to another club and Zieler ends up with the Foxes, he will be a solid fantasy goalkeeper next season. Whoever starts for Leicester at the goalkeeper position will be a mid-round pick next season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 2:49 PM

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim have turned forward Andrej Kramaric's loan from Leicester City into a permanent move.

Leicester City confirmed the move on Wednesday with the 24-year-old leaving the club after one-and-a-half seasons with the Premier League champions. Kramaric joined from Croatian side Rijeka in January of 2015 in a £9.7million move, scoring four goals in 20 appearances in all competitions. One year after joining Leicester, the Croatian international was sent on loan to Hoffenheim, where he scored five goals in 15 appearances. Kramaric made four appearances in the first half of the season for Leicester, only two of which came in the Premier League.
May 26 - 1:09 AM


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