Drinkwater ‘close’ to agreeing new deal

19 Aug

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater has won the Premier League and Championship with Leicester

Danny Drinkwater is close to agreeing a new contract with Leicester, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.

The 26-year-old England midfielder was instrumental as Leicester won the Premier League last season and his current deals expires in 2018.

Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Andy King and Italian Ranieri have all signed new contracts this summer.

“I think Drinky is very, very close,” said Ranieri, 64.

Drinkwater, who joined the Foxes in 2012 from Manchester United, won three England caps last season, but failed to make the final squad for Euro 2016.

He formed an impressive midfield partnership with N’Golo Kante but the France international left to join Chelsea in July.

“I thought everybody wanted to stay with Leicester and continue to fight. I made a mistake. One did want to go. Kante is finished,” added Ranieri.

‘I want more from Mahrez’

Ranieri says he has “higher expectations” for Mahrez this season, after the winger signed a new four-year contract on Wednesday.

The Algeria international, who was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists last season as City won the Premier League.

Mahrez, 25, was also voted as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year.

“We are now in the Champions League and we need something more to play against the big teams,” said manager Ranieri.

“Now he knows very well what I want and my expectations are higher. Not only for Riyad but for all my players.”

Leicester have reportedly rejected a £12m bid for Ghana’s Jeffrey Schlupp, and Ranieri says the 23-year-old wide man will stay at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes face Arsenal on Saturday and have defender Robert Huth available after serving a three-game suspension.

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