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Ranieri believes his title winners should stay this summer.

Claudio Ranieri begs Leicester City stars to stay this summer

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Amidst all the euphoria and celebrations following Leicester City’s historic Premier League title success, a sense of worry will undoubtedly linger amongst the club's fans.

You see, a difficult summer awaits the Foxes given the sheer amount of interest there will be in their key players.

The likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Kasper Schmeichel have all performed superbly throughout Leicester’s title-winning campaign and emerged as targets for some of Europe’s elite sides.

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Mahrez, for example, is the subject of interest from Barcelona and Arsenal, whilst Kante is also linked with a move to the Gunners and Manchester United.

It goes without saying that Ranieri has quite the task on his hands to keep hold of his prized assets.

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And in a bid to do so, the Italian has begged his stars to shun such interest and remain at the King Power Stadium this summer.

Ranieri said, according to The Sun: “If one of my players comes to me and says I want to go, I try to keep him. I say, ‘be careful’.

“It is important to choose very well for these lads because now, for me, they are my sons.

“I hope to keep all the players, especially all the first XI, and make sure they stay together.”

Crystal Palace v Leicester City - Premier League

Ultimately, Ranieri believes Leicester’s players should stay in the knowledge the future is bright.

“I suggest to everybody that this is a fantastic club,” he continued. “We won the title, we can do something good in our few years.

“If you go away you don’t know what happens. Here, you are the king.

“It is much better to say here one more year and look what happens. Then maybe you can go anywhere.”

Leicester have built an excellent foundation from which they can build in the summer transfer window and, indeed, over the next few years.

An effective blend of youth, experience, pace and simplicity has seen an exciting brand of football develop in the East Midlands which few in the Premier League have been able to contain over the course of the campaign.

Crystal Palace v Leicester City - Premier League

Yet that might not be enough.

Kante’s future is in particular doubt after it emerged the France international has a £19.7 million buy-out clause.

Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested, whilst reports per The Sun suggest Paris Saint-Germain have already made contact with Leicester over a potential move.

The Foxes are prepared to double his £25,000-per-week wages in a bid to ensure he remains at the King Power Stadium, but with Arsene Wenger sending scouts to watch Kante in recent weeks and incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte a big fan of the combative midfielder, Ranieri might have his work cut out.

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