Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri have given prospective clubs looking to lure star midfielder N’Golo Kante away from the King Power Stadium greenlight but only if they offer an irresistible price.
The 25-year-old joined the Foxes at the summer from French side Caen for a reported £5.6million fee but his excellent displays have made him an instant hit in the premier league which drawn interest from Europe’s biggest clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus most recently credited with holding an interest.
He won his first call-up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad and – after making his debut against Netherlands on Friday – he scored in the 4-2 win over Russia at Stade de France on Tuesday, celebrating his birthday in style.
“I think he should rest here – he is working very well but if some big teams arrive and they give us a lot of money, maybe we think about it,” Ranieri said at his pre-match media conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Southampton.
“If he is unhappy and he wants to go, I don’t want sad people here. I want people happy. He’s happy. Always smiling.
“It is speculation. For now our focus is on the pitch and these seven matches. After that, there is another season.”