Kante’s future in his hands – Ranieri

14 Jul

N'Golo Kante


N’Golo Kante joined Leicester for an undisclosed fee from Caen last summer and appeared in all but one of their Premier League games

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says N’Golo Kante’s future is “in his hands” after he was offered a new contract.

Kante, 25, starred as the Foxes won the Premier League last season, and represented France at Euro 2016.

However, the defensive midfielder has been heavily tipped to leave the King Power Stadium, with Chelsea reported to have made a £27m bid.

Ranieri said: “We offered Kante a new deal before the Euros. Now I know there are a lot of big teams interested.”

Kante was named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award last season – which was won by team-mate Riyad Mahrez.

Leicester kept striker Jamie Vardy earlier this summer after he rejected a move to Arsenal and signed a new deal.

Ranieri said that he was “very happy” that Vardy had stayed at the club, and said that Leicester are “ready” to defend their title.

“Doing it again is not possible, but we proved last season that everything is possible,” he said.

“There is no pressure on us, we’re the champions. The new champions will have to fight against us – not just the new champions but everybody.

“We know it will not be the same but we are ready.”

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