Ranieri: Big money could see Kante leave Leicester

Date published: Friday 1st April 2016 3:43

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admits N’Golo Kante could be allowed to leave the King Power Stadium.

Midfielder Kante hinted while on international duty with France he was flattered about being linked with a move away after a stellar season.

He made his debut for France against Russia on Tuesday, scoring the opener in a 4-2 victory, on his 25th birthday.

Ranieri has always conceded he will not keep unhappy players at the shock Premier League leaders and, while he hopes to keep Kante, he would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave.

“I think he should rest here. He is working very well. But if some big teams arrive who give us a lot of big money, maybe we can think about it,” he said, ahead of Sunday’s visit of Southampton.

“If he is not happy here and wants to go. I don’t want sad people here. I want happy people.

“He is always smiling. It is speculation and now our focus is on the pitch. After is another season.”

Meanwhile, the Foxes are close to agreeing new deals with Ranieri’s assistants Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh, who is also head of recruitment.

The pair have been discussing fresh terms for a number of weeks and are set to commit their future to the club.

Ranieri added: “I think they are very close. I don’t know if they are already signed or are signing in the next few days. I’ve spoken so many times of how they are important for us.

“If it wasn’t important he (Shakespeare) doesn’t stay with me. It is very important. For this reason I asked him to stay here and for the club to maintain the normal situation here.”

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