Claudio Ranieri confident of keeping star men in January

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Heading into a new transfer period would not normally cause Leicester City and their fans too many problems, but this is no ordinary season for the Foxes.

The club sits proudly in second place in the Premier League table heading into the new year, with much of their joy this season coming from the remarkable Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

But unfortunately for Leicester and teams like them, the transfer window is a time where big name players are snapped up by the teams with the most money and for Leicester, that could mean losing Vardy and Mahrez to their title rivals.


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Both Arsenal and Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in Mahrez, who could be offered a huge salary increase if he were to leave. Leicester City would also be offered a huge cash sum for Mahrez, who only signed an extension on his contract in August.

However, the mood coming out of the King Power Stadium suggests the pair are in no way up for sale.

Ranieri told reporters before Christmas he remains confident of keeping the Algerian in particular: "He wants to stay with us, we want to keep him and that's it."

Vardy and Mahrez have scored 28 goals between them this season - more than 14 teams have managed in total. It is no surprise the two are such hot commodities this January.

Fans would like to assume the pair will choose to stay with the Foxes and see where this fairytale season takes them come May.

They will also take heart from the fact that any transfer rumour surrounding the two has been quickly quashed and neither player has looked unhappy or unsettled by the speculation over their future.

It is likely, therefore, the two players will still be at the club after January, but should their form continue into the summer, Leicester may have a harder time keeping their star men.

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