Why Leicester stars should stay…

Date published: Monday 4th April 2016 12:28

Leicester City are on course to win the Premier League, and no matter how many times you look at the league table it is still hard to believe.

Even if they can’t hold onto their lead, the club that were nearly sucked into the Championship last year will be playing in the Champions League next season.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have taken most of the headlines and indeed plaudits, thanks in large part to their goalscoring exploits. Unsurprisingly the biggest clubs in world football have taken notice of the duo, and while Vardy has been linked to Real Madrid, Mahrez is apparently on the radar of Barcelona.

For a footballer the chance to sign for one of these clubs is not only a chance to play for the biggest clubs in the world, but also the financial equivalent to a lottery win.

But, despite the promised land of Spain beckoning the stars, should their best course of action this summer be a triumphant parade through the streets of Leicester, followed by a one-way ticket to Madrid and Barcelona?

Under Ranieri the club have been a relentless reminder that the best team is not the one with the biggest wage bill and the most Galácticos, but the collective unit. Pull Vardy and Mahrez, and indeed Drinkwater and Kanté out of the squad and into a new team, would they perform as well next season?

In the Klopp heyday several of Dortmund’s stars left the modest club in North Rhine-Westphalia for bigger sides, and Sahin, Kagawa and Götze all failed to replicate their individual successes outside of Klopp’s team. Those who stayed, Gündoğan, Reus, and Hummels, remain key figures at Dortmund, who despite losing ground to Bayern in recent years, remain firmly in second place in Germany.

It’s a lesson that Leicester and its key players should learn from over the summer. While Mahrez has been sensational in the Premier League, would he feature regularly for Barcelona, whose famous MSN trio is arguably the best front line in football history?

While Vardy’s tenacity and determination make him the perfect man to lead the Foxes front line, would he really fit with the Real Madrid philosophy of signing superstars?

It would be a great shame for both the club and the game if Leicester embarked on their historic Champions League adventure next season with the players who took them there sitting on the benches of other clubs.

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