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Published: 15:44 | 18/8/16

Ranieri expects Drinkwater stay

Danny Drinkwater is close to committing his future to Premier League champions Leicester City, manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed.

Drinkwater was one of the stars of the Foxes' title success last season but recent reports have suggested that he was considering rejecting the club's offer of a new contract.

Ranieri, however, believes the midfielder will follow in the footsteps of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Marhez by signing a new contract.

"Danny is very, very close to signing a new contract," Ranieri told a news conference. "Our owner is very ambitious. He wants to maintain the same spirit and squad. He's very curious about this season.

"We have very good players. It's normal other managers look at Leicester players. We want to continue. We want to stay together."

Mahrez had been heavily linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium but the PFA Player of the Year put an end to speculation about his future by agreeing a new contract on Wednesday.

"I'm very pleased about Mahrez's renewal, but I was always confident," Ranieri added.

"We spoke together last season and also in pre-season. He told me he wanted to stay.

"Maybe now Riyad will be a little more free. But he was never really anxious or nervous."

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