Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy has admitted he wants to move back to France and sign with Ligue 1 club Bordeaux.

The 25-year-old sign with the Foxes from Nice last summer on a four-year contract, for £13million fee, and was pinned to be a potential replacement for N'Golo Kante. However, his debut campaign was derailed by injury which limited him to just a handful of appearances. While Mendy has been linked with a move to Nantes, who named former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri as head coach earlier this month, the midfielder is "set on" signing for Bordeaux. "I heard about the interest of Nantes but neither me nor my adviser have been contacted," Mendy told L'Equipe. "Anyway, since my adviser talked to me about the possibility of joining Bordeaux, I'm set on it." Though Mendy is currently recovering from a pair of ankle surgeries, he noted his rehabilitation progress is going excellent: "And now I have the hope of rallying the Girondins [Bordeaux] fairly quickly. It's even an obsession."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 27 - 3:07 PM

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri wants midfielder Papy Mendy to join him at French side Nantes this summer.

The Italian took over at Nantes earlier this month after being sacked by the Foxes in February and now wants to bring Mendy back to France, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. Ranieri signed Mendy for Leicester last summer from Nice for £13 million, but an ankle injury on his debut limited him to just four Premier League appearances before undergoing season-ending surgery. While Ranieri is keen on being reunited with Mendy as he looks to strengthen the recently inherited Nantes squad, it remains to be seen whether or not the Foxes are willing to sell the midfielder just a year after his arrival at the King Power Stadium.
Jun 26 - 5:27 PM

Leicester City starlet Demarai Gray was the man-of-the-match as the England Under-21s booked their place in the European Championship semi-finals with a 3-0 victory over Poland.

Handed his first start of the tournament by manager Aidy Boothroyd, Demarai Gray made the ultimate impact as the Young Lions finished top of Group A with seven points follow a comprehensive victory over hosts Poland. Gray opened the scoring with a stunning long-range effort after just six minutes, collecting a well-weighted pass from Leicester teammate Ben Chilwell before turning and curling home from just outside the box. The winger then turned provider in the second half, assisting on substitute Jacob Murphy's tap-in to double their advantage in the 69th minute. Lewis Baker then added a third eight minutes from time, converting the resultant penalty following the dismissal of Polish defender Jan Bednarek for tripping Tammy Abraham in the box.
Source: BBC Sports
Jun 22 - 5:42 PM

Leicester City have opened their summer spending spree with the signing of Hull City defender Harry Maguire.

The 24-year-old joins the Foxes on five-year deal after the clubs reportedly agreed to a fee in the region of £17m. Sheffield United, who Maguire left to join Hull City in 2014, will also receive a profit after inserting a sell-on clause in that deal. Maguire arrivals at the King Power Stadium to reinforce the heart of Craig Shakepeare's defense following his breakout 2016/17 campaign at Hull City. The former England Under-21 defender made 36 total appearances for the Tigers in a season that saw him earn Hull's fans' and players' player of the season awards. Speaking exclusively to LCFC TV, Maguire said: "It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself. Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I’m here so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on." Maguire will link up with his new team-mates in early July ahead of the pre-season, and compete with Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Yohan Benalouane for a spot in the starting XI.
Jun 15 - 1:36 PM

Leicester City is believed to be keen on signing Hull City center-back Harry Maguire.

Maguire is expected to leave the KCOM Stadium following Hull City's relegation to the Championship, with reports hinting at Leicester City as one of the clubs leading the chase to sign him. The 24-year-old has one year left on his current deal and will cost much more than the £2.5m Hull paid Sheffield United in 2014, but the Tigers may be forced to cash in on the in-demand defender. Leicester have emerged as potential landing place after injuries to Wes Morgan, 33, and Robert Huth, 32, exposed their lack of defensive depth last season, while veteran Marcin Wasilewski has already been released and loanee Molla Wague is not expected to return. However, Tottenham and Everton are also believed to be interested in the £20m-rated defender.
Jun 13 - 1:34 PM

Riyad Mahrez has not ruled out the possibility of staying at Leicester City for the new season, despite announcing his desire to leave the club this summer.

The Algerian winger officially handed in a transfer request last month after releasing a statement expressing his desire "to move on to a new experience" following three-and-a-half seasons at the King Power Stadium. While Mahrez has said he and City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha are on the same page regarding his future, it is understood the Foxes want to keep the 26-year-old and will do so unless they receive a big-money offer, in the region of £50million. Linked with a move to Monaco, Chelsea and most recently Arsenal, Mahrez said: "I'm still at Leicester City for the time being, I'm still under contract so we'll see what happens next. If I have to go, I'll go but if I have to stay then I'll stay. I should be leaving but I still don't know where, so we'll see."
Jun 11 - 4:53 PM

Leicester City made the appointment of Craig Shakespeare official after naming the assistant as the club's full-time manager on a three-year deal.

Shakespeare took over for Claudio Ranieri after spending the last five-and-a-half seasons as an assistant, and went on to win his first five games in charge, becoming the first British manager to do so. After a season threatened by relegation, Shakespeare turned things around by leading the club to a 12th-place finish. Said Shakespeare: "This is a really exciting opportunity for me to continue along this new path in my career and to continue to work with a club and a group of staff I’ve grown extremely close to...Our preparations for pre-season and the new Premier League campaign have been on-going for some time, but we can now move on with certainty and ensure we are well equipped to compete at the levels now expected of a club like Leicester City."
Jun 8 - 5:36 PM

The Football Association confirmed on Wednesday that Jamie Vardy has been ruled out of the upcoming England internationals because of injury.

The Three Lions face Scotland at Hampden Park in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday before travelling to Paris to take on France in a friendly. Vardy is believed to have picked up a thigh related problem on Monday during training and was rested as a precaution yesterday before confirmation that he would return to Leicester for treatment on a "minor injury". Vardy scored in his last appearance for England – the second in a 2-0 win over Lithuania – before a strong finish domestically with 11-goals in his last nineteen games of the season. Gareth Southgate has no plans to call up a replacement with Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford in the squad.
Jun 7 - 1:22 PM

Wes Morgan has urged Leicester City to strengthen the club's defense as well as their frontline depth this summer.

The City captain is sure "it's going to be a busy summer" at the King Power Stadium as the former Premier League champions attempt to revamp their squad ahead of next season. Leicester are believed to be in the market for at least one center-back, while soon to be confirmed manager Craig Shakespeare has said the club are at an 'advanced stage' of bring in some new faces. "I think we need to invest and recruit in the majority of positions," said Morgan, with almost a month to go until the transfer window opens. "I think if you look at the average age of our back four we're all above 30 now, so we're not getting any younger." In addition to adding a younger central defender, Morgan added: "Up front, Vardy is our main outlet, he suits our style of play, but there's a lot on his shoulders and if he got injured we need someone to take his place."
Jun 6 - 4:38 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the club is interested in a move for Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian international officially requested a transfer last week. Just one year after winning the league and the Premier League Player of the Year award, Mahrez endured a disappointing season with just six goals. He has been linked with a move to Marseille, but Wenger says the Gunners could very well make a bid for the playmaker. "We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes. I think he made a huge impact when they won the championship. Like at everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn't take away from his qualities. Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. No, we have not. When I say 'not yet' it means it could happen. It might not happen."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 5 - 3:24 PM

Leicester City midfielder Matty James feels that he is now ready, both physically and mentally, to return to first-team action following his two-year battle to regain full fitness.

The 25-year-old has just completed a successful four month loan spell at Barnsley, which saw him start 17 times for the Tykes: "I probably didn’t expect to play as many games," he said speaking to LCFC TV. "But, once I got back into the swing of things, it was like I had never been injured." Games in the Championship come thick and fast, and once James had completed his first 90 minutes, he admitted "the shackles came off and I was a football player again." The confidence [and fitness] gleaned from his spell in South Yorkshire will ensure James is ready to challenge for a place heading into August for the first time in two years: "Hopefully, I can have a bit of time off my feet. Then, come back [and work hard] to make sure I'm as a fit as I can be on the first day of pre-season."
Jun 4 - 1:29 PM

Leicester City's Ahmed Musa scored twice as Nigeria picked up a 3-0 friendly victory over Togo on Thursday.

Musa struggled to make a name for himself at Leicester this season, scoring just four goals in 31 Premier League appearances following a £16million move from CSKA Moscow in the summer. However, the City front man showed no hangover after his debut campaign in England as he extended his tally to 13 on his 61st outing for Nigieria. Musa opened the scoring after just three minutes with a close-range finish and got his second twenty minutes later when Arsenal's Alex Iwobi fed the 24-year-old for another tap in, before being substitute at half-time. Elsewhere, Harvey Barnes, Leicester's Development Squad Player of the Season, marked his England Under-20s debut with a brace during a 7-1 victory over Cuba in the Toulon Tournament.
Jun 2 - 4:41 PM

Kasper Schmeichel has been ruled out of the upcoming internationals because of injury.

The Danish Football Association confirmed via their official Twitter feed on Friday that the Leicester goalkeeper would miss the friendly game against Germany next week and the World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan five days later after sustaining a thigh injury. FC Utrecht's David Jensen has been called up to replace the 30-year-old who won Players’ Player of the Year and Player of the Year following another excellent season. It's the second time he has collected both awards in the same year [the first being back in 2011/12]. Schmeichel is one of several players who are said to be hankering for a move away from the King Power following Leicester's disappointing domestic campaign combined with the uncertainty surrounding the manager less club. The goalkeeper recently changed his agent and his performances throughout 2016/17 have attracted a lot of interest both at home and from abroad.
Jun 2 - 11:38 AM

Riyad Mahrez has submitted a formal transfer request after revealing earlier this month that he wants to play for a "big club" in the Champions League.

The Algerian international agreed to stay on for one more year after the unlikely Premier League winners qualified for Europe, but Mahrez has expressed his desire to fulfil his ambition of playing regularly on footballs biggest stage: "I feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience. The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision." Leicester now fear that Mahrez could be the first of many to leave the manager less club with Wes Morgan and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel attracting interest. Captain Morgan is reported be a target for Premier League new boys Newcastle United, while Schmeichel recently changed his agent in the hope of landing a bigger club.
Source: The Mirror
May 30 - 3:57 PM

Newcastle United have reportedly made Leicester City's Tom Lawrence a top target as they look to strengthen their squad for their Premier League return.

The 23-year-old is coming off an impressive season-long loan at Ipswich. Lawrence scored 11 goals and provided 11 assists in 36 appearances across all competitions, earning the club's player of the season award and the attention of Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. It's understood the newly-promoted club have carried out background checks in preparation for a bid for Lawrence as Benitez looks to reinforce the spine of his midfield, with Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita set to leave this summer. Lawrence, speaking on his future earlier this month, said: "I've got a long summer ahead and we'll see what happens. There's a possibility of many different things, but I don't know my future yet, I've got a lot of discussions to have."
May 29 - 4:47 PM


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