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A difficult summer looms for Ranieri and Leicester.

Leicester City must beware of inevitable summer raid from Premier League rivals

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Much has been made of Leicester City's dramatic change in fortunes over the past 12 months.

After winning just 11 of their 38 Premier League games last season and pulling off a miracle escape from relegation, the Foxes' record this season will forever be immortalised in comparison should they be crowned champions.

Claudio Ranieri's side has been the focus of attention since day one, with fans waiting for an inevitable dip in form and spell of injuries that never came.

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It's been a fairytale story like no other, and even if they stutter at the last and surrender the title to a fellow contender, Champions League qualification would still be huge.

However, their seemingly imminent title success raises many questions that might worry Leicester supporters.

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What will happen next season? Will they agonisingly lose their prized assets to England's elite this summer? Will Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez be one-season wonders? Will fresh contracts hold firm or are they simply leverage for bigger transfer fees?

Even Ranieri's future might be in doubt. After turning Leicester from relegation candidates to title contenders, the Italian has well and truly proved his credentials as a top-class manager.

There are so many variables to consider here and you can bet your bottom dollar that England's traditional top clubs will have a plan to destabilise the Foxes and send them back to the lower echelons of the Premier League.

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Put simply, Leicester are at real threat of replicating Blackburn Rovers' rise and fall, the 1994/95 champions struggling to defend their crown the following season and thereafter.

However, if they can hold onto the likes of Vardy, Mahrez, N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater - and make some necessary improvements - then maybe they can mirror Nottingham Forest's glory in the 1970s.

For now, though, there's a title to be won and a piece of English football folklore to be created. Let's just hope such worries fail to materialise.

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