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Published: 08:35 | 20/7/16

Ranieri : Mahrez wants to stay


Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is confident Riyad Mahrez will remain with the Premier League champions.

The Foxes have had to contend with countless rumours about some of their star players since their stunning Premier League success last season and suffered a blow when N'Golo Kante complete a £30million move to Chelsea at the weekend.

Mahrez has been linked with a move away from the club but Ranieri believes the PFA Player of the Year wants to remain at the King Power Stadium and is confident he will not follow Kante out the door.

"I am confident Mahrez will stay," Ranieri said. "I can wish only the best for Kante."

Ranieri had hoped to keep his title-winning squad together but he admits the club were left with little choice but to let Kante move on.

"I said at the beginning that I wanted to keep all my players but he pushed and said he wanted to go; I prefer not to keep because there were two or three teams and we couldn't keep him," Ranieri said.

"We tried to keep him but he wanted to go. It is okay for us. Last season, [Esteban] Cambiasso went and now it is Kante."

Having seen Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan sign new contracts, Ranieri is hopeful that there will be no further exits this summer.

"At this moment I am very happy with all the squad. Wes Morgan has signed a new contract and I am very pleased because now, slowly, slowly, all the others will sign a new contract," the Italian added.

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