Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City has rejected a £1.7m bid from La Liga outfit Alaves for wantaway forward Leonardo Ulloa.

Sky Sports is reporting that the club shot down the bid as they believe the offer is below their valuation of Ulloa. Despite Claudio Ranieri repeatedly stating he is keen to keep Ulloa at the King Power Stadium, the 30-year-old handed in a transfer request last week in an effort to force a move. According to Ulloa's representatives, the striker feels unappreciated because he has failed to crack Ranieri's first team and the club have not rewarded him, like other squad members, with a new contract. Ulloa has made 29 appearances in Leicester's title-winning campaign but started just one league match this season, and is currently sidelined because of a thigh injury.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 23 - 5:06 PM

Leicester City continue their lackluster league campaign, specifically on the road, with a drab performance in a 3-0 loss to Southampton.

You have to go back about a half century for the last title defending club to be this low in the table at this stage of the season as the Foxes are once again exposed defensively, a head-scratcher when it is the same defensive personnel that guided the club in the second half of last season to the title. Wes Morgan nearly caused an own goal but it was mercifully disallowed and also delivered a foul that led to a goal from the spot for Southampton. The attack suffered the absence of Riyad Mahrez but outside of an occasional flash of promise from Demari Gray, they did little to pressure the Southampton net. Cup involvement can make this another magical season for Leicester but it appears they can't be trusted in fantasy because they are struggling within the league.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 22 - 9:11 AM

Danny Drinkwater has called for Leicester City to "put their stamp" on Sunday's trip to Southampton, as the Foxes go in search of their first away from the King Power Stadium this season.

While a defeat on Sunday would match the worst record by a reigning top-flight champion after 22 matches, Drinkwater has called for his side to rise to the occasion at the St. Mary's Stadium. "It’s going to be a tough game because we know the qualities that they’ve got in the team," Drinkwater told LCFC.com. "It’s up to us to stop them by putting our stamp on the game." The emphasis put on this weekend's fixture has much to do with Leicester's current struggles as the Foxes have scored just one goal in their last four league matches and conceded 34 goals this season, only two fewer than all of their title-winning campaign.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 20 - 4:24 PM

Striker Leonardo Ulloa is seeking a move to leave the Premier League champions during the January transfer window, says his agent.

Ulloa handed in a transfer request on Thursday, after talks with Leicester officials on his future broke down, and now looks set depart the King Power Stadium. The Leicester City Mercury is reporting Spanish side Alaves has made a £5million bid for the 30-year-old Argentine. Ulloa has made 12 appearances for the Foxes this season, scoring one goal.
Jan 20 - 3:59 PM

Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa has been the focus of interest from several clubs, and his future should be decided during the next few days.

The Leicester City Mercury is reporting that a club, believed to be La Liga side Deportivo Alaves, has submitted a bid for the 30-year-old Argentinian after representatives held talks on Tuesday. Sources close to Ulloa say the striker is considering handing in a formal transfer request as he has become frustrated with his lack of first team action, while clubs in Turkey and China are also rumored to be interested in his services. Ulloa, who joined Leicester from Brighton & Hove Albion in July of 2014, started 29 matches and scored 11 goals in debut campaign, but has been in the starting XI just eight times over the course of the last two seasons. Should Ulloa depart, Leicester would be left a little thin up front with Algerian striker Islam Slimani currently at the African Cup of Nations.
Jan 18 - 6:05 PM

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Leicester City's on-loan forward Tom Lawrence has the quality to thrive in the Premier League.

Lawrence joined Ipswich on a season-long loan this summer and has taken the Championship by storm in recent weeks. The 23-year-old is currently Ipswich's leading scorer with seven goals in 22 appearances and is coming off a three-match run that saw him score five goals, including successive braces against Lincoln City and Championship side Blackburn. Despite Lawrence currently on his fourth loan at a Championship club, Ispwich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes the Welsh international is destined for a feature in the Premier League. "He's certainly one of the better players (in the Championship) and he's playing in a team that is not in the top six and flying," McCarthy said speaking before Ipswich's FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday night. "I think he is a future Premier League player. He's still only young though," McCarthy added. "Just check how many times Harry Kane went out on loan (from Tottenham)."
Jan 18 - 4:56 AM

Leicester City managed just 35% of possession as they were defeated at home by Chelsea 3-0 on Saturday.

Leicester City's Premier League-woes continued this weekend despite facing a Chelsea side without Diego Costa. While Claudio Ranieri handed new signing Wilfried Ndidi his Premier League debut, the Foxes went down early and were forced to chase the match after Marcos Alonso struck in the sixth-minute. Leicester attempted to claw back but found Courtois unbeatable, before Alonso struck again with a deflected strike on 51-minutes and Perdo sealed the scoreline with a late headed finish. Leicester now sit in 15th, with 21 points, ahead of next Sunday's trip to Southampton.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 2:39 PM

Leicester City will be a little thin up front this weekend after Claudio Ranieri revealed that Leonardo Ulloa is in doubt for Saturday's clash with Chelsea.

Ranieri has confirmed that Ulloa has a muscular problem and is likely to miss this weekend's match against Chelsea. Ranieri added: "Andy King okay and also Jamie Vardy trained regularly this week. [Leo] Ulloa no, he has to wait a little more. He has a little muscle problem – he’s not so strong." The doubt surrounding Ulloa and absence of Islam Slimani, who is at the African Cup of Nations, could result in starts for Ahmed Musa and Shinji Okazaki for Saturday's match at King Power Stadium.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 12 - 7:44 PM

Claudio Ranieri says he was impressed by Wilfried Ndidi's FA Cup appearance and could potentially hand the midfielder his Premier League debut against Chelsea this weekend.

The start wouldn't be shock as Ndid was in fine form when he made his first appearance during the Foxes' 2-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Everton last weekend. On Thursday, when asked about the prospects of Ndidi making the starting XI for their clash with Chelsea, Ranieri said: "I think so. I’ve been waiting this kind of performance. I’m sure he’ll get better because the more he plays, the more he will understand the team." Leicester are currently without Daniel Amartey, who is on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, which has boosted Ndidi's chances of making an immediate impact. Should Ranieri choose to deploy a three defensive midfielders against the Blues, Ndidi would likely start alongside Andy King and Nampalys Mendy.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 12 - 7:31 PM

Leicester City have been handed an East Midlands derby after being drawn against Derby County in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Ahmed Musa was the hero of Leicester's FA Cup third round tie with Everton, as the summer signing struck twice in quick succession to lead the Foxes to a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park. Musa's brace has propelled Leicester into the fourth round of the FA Cup, with the draw setting up an East Midland derby with Derby County. Prior to Leicester's trip to Pride Park on January 28th, which will mark the rivals first meeting since the Foxes gained promotion in 2014, the Foxes will play Premier League fixtures against Chelsea and Southampton.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 9 - 4:14 PM

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel adds to the list of Leicester City players to earn major awards after being named the 2016 Danish PFA Player of the Year.

Just days after Riyad Mahrez was named the CAF African Player of the Year, Schmeichel was named the 2016 Danish PFA Player of the Year. While Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Erikson had won the award the last three years, Schmeichel was rewarded for his 15 clean sheets in 38 appearances and countless heroics during the Foxes' 2015/16 Premier League-winning campaign. Schmeichel, who was named Denmark's player of the year in 2015, has kept eight clean sheets in 17 appearances across all competitions this season.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 9 - 3:54 PM

Riyad Mahrez earned his third major award for his magnificent 2015/16 campaign after be named the CAF African Player of the Year on Thursday.

In April, Mahrez was named the PFA Player of the Year, prior to collecting the BBC African Football Player of the Year in December. Mahrez, who scored 17 goals and added 11 assists during Leicester's 2015/16 title campaign, earned a third of the votes casted by representatives of the African nation and media, beating out Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Roma winger Mohamed Salah and Liverpool's Sadio Mane. Mahrez is currently away on international duty with Algeria for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 6 - 6:02 PM

Leicester City have reached an agreement with KRC Genk for the permanent transfer of Wilfried Ndidi.

Wilfried Ndidi has agreed to personal terms, undergone a medical and will sign a five-year contact with Leicester City once a work permit has been officially granted. Ndidi, a potential long-term replacement for N'Golo Kante, is coming off impressive performances in the Belgian Pro League and in the UEFA Europa League, where the 20-year-old helped Genk advance to this season's knockout stage as Group F winners. The imposing defensive midfielder made 83 appearances for Genk during two seasons in Belgian, while his arrival at Leicester marks a reunion with fellow Nigerian international team-mate Ahmed Musa. Ndidi is expected to complete the final formalities of his move later this week.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 4 - 10:43 PM

Leicester City will be without Daniel Amartey for at least a month after the midfielder was selected by Ghana for their 2017 African Cup of Nations campaign.

Amartey's departure means the 22-year-old will miss Premier League matches against Chelsea, Burnley, Southampton and Manchester United. Amartey joins Algerian duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani to round out the list of Leicester City players headed to the African Cup of Nations. The prolonged absence of Amartey, who has started 15 league matches this season, means Namplays Mendy will be in contention for Claudio Ranieri's starting XI. The immediate impact of the departed trio will see Ranieri deploy a much changed line-up when the Foxes face Everton in the FA Cup on January 7th.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 4 - 8:32 PM

Islam Slimani has left Leicester City to join up with the Algeria squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

Slimani and Riyad Mahrez will miss the next month of matches on international duty with Algeria, with their absence likely to result in more playing time for both Ahmed Musa and Shinji Okazaki. Algeria will get preparations for the tournament started this Sunday with a friendly against Mauritiana before they begin their AFCON campaign against Zimbabwe on January 15th, followed by matches against Tunisia and Senegal. The duration of the tournament (January 13th-February 5th) means Slimani and Mahrez will miss Premier League fixtures against Chelsea, Southampton, Burnley and Manchester United.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Jan 4 - 7:42 PM


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