Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric has joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on loan for the rest of the season.
After signing for a club-record £9.7m fee from Rijeka, the Croatian international has made just five appearances this season – scoring one goal in a 4-1 Capital One Cup win against Bury.
In contrast to Leicester’s stunning season, Hoffenheim are currently bottom of the German top tier and Kramaric is expected to make his debut against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
After completing the move, the 24-year-old told Hoffenheim’s website: “I’m very excited about this chapter with TSG and the Bundesliga and want to play my part in keeping the team up.”
Croatia will compete at this summer’s European Championships in France, and Ranieri said he understood Kramaric’s concerns having spent most of the season on the substitutes’ bench.
“Andrej has the European Championships to think about this summer, so it’s important for him that he has the opportunity to play,” he said.
“He is a fantastic player and a great professional but, in this moment, we have other strikers that are playing well.
“I spoke with him to understand what he wants to do and a loan is a solution that works for everybody. We will watch him closely at Hoffenheim.”