Leicester City will make their return to the Premier League next season, after a ten year absence. The Foxes have blown away the rest of their Championship rivals this season and look as if they will be promoted as champions.

Now, as they look forward to next season, much of the talk will be centred on if they can survive in the top flight.

Here are five reasons why Leicester could stay amongst the Premier League's elite...

1) Nigel Pearson

The former no-nonsense defender has made quite a reputation for himself in his short managerial career. He guided Leicester to the League One title in his first year in charge, and reached the play-offs the following season. He also built the foundations for Hull City's return to the top-flight. Pearson has a good reputation for nurturing youngsters and building teams that are hard to beat.

2) The owners

Like it or not, most would agree to extend your stay in the top-flight, you have to have money. Leicester are owned by Thai based business, King Power, and they have shown they're not short of cash, after splashing out more than most Championship sides in the last few seasons. They also proved that they have patience - something that is lacking for many owners - when they kept Pearson in charge despite calls for him to be dismissed last season.

3) The Manchester United influence

Three of Leicester's key performers this season have been Matty James, Danny Drinkwater and Ritchie de Laet. And the trio all boast Manchester United on their CV. All were highly regarded at United, but took the route of taking one-step back to ultimately make it back to the top. All of them have blossomed at Leicester, where their possession based game has allowed the three of them to flourish.

4) Schmeichel

Most would agree, survival in the Premier League is far more likely with a top goalkeeper. And in Kasper Schmeichel, the Foxes have just that. Son to the great Peter, the former Leeds United keeper has been a star performer this season, and has even established himself as the Danish No. 1 ahead of the World Cup. As long as Leicester can fend off supposed interest from giants AC Milan and Real Madrid they should have a safe pair of hands to rely on.

5) Unknown quantities

Few Premier League fans will have heard of Anthony Knockaert and Riyad Mahrez, but they soon will. Leicester's two tricky wingers have bags of pace and trickery and are likely to give some Premier League defenders headaches next season. Both Knockaert and Mahrez have been plucked from the French lower divisions and they are likely to surprise a few teams next term.

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