Leicester owners vow to keep Mahrez, Vardy and Kante

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Leicester City owners have already vowed to keep their best players at the club.

The Foxes were crowned Premier League champions on Monday evening in what represented the club's first title in their 132-year history. It is being hailed as the biggest shock in sporting history.

Much of that is thanks to the performances of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante and Kasper Schmeichel, who have been widely touted as the team's best players.


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Indeed, Vardy, Mahrez and Kante were all named in the PFA Team of the Season with Mahrez picking up the individual Player of the Season award in the process.

As a result, Europe's elite clubs are expected to come swooping in for them with big-money bids. It is almost seen as an inevitability that Claudio Ranieri will fail to keep this title-winning squad together.

Refusing to sell

But with the financial boost that comes with winning the Premier League, Leicester's owners are confident that they will be able to convince the likes of Mahrez to stay at the King Power Stadium.

"We are not the team that will sell players for money," Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the club's vice-chairman, told the Mirror.

"So, I can confirm that we will keep all major players with the team, such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante or Kasper Schmeichel."

Could they go?

Vardy, 29, does not appear to have many suitors despite his 22-goal haul in the Premier League this season and, having tied him to a new contract earlier this season, have every chance of keeping him.

Similarly, Schmeichel, also 29, is likely to stay at Leicester as none of the so-called elite clubs are looking for a new goalkeeper this summer. 

However, it is a different story with Mahrez and Kante, both of who have been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, and even Barcelona. Considerably younger than Vardy and Schmeichel, they are the more likely to inspire significant transfer activity this summer.

Kante clearout

It has already been suggested by the Mirror that Leicester are prepared to let Kante leave for the right price as they are confident of finding a sufficient replacement. With PSG and Manchester City interested, Leicester can expect to sell the France international for well in excess of £20m, which would represent a significant profit on the £5.6m they paid to sign him last summer.

Even Ranieri has suggested the club could sell Kante, recently exclaiming: "He's working very well but if some big-team offers arrive for a lot of money we think about it.

"I don't want sad people here. I want happy. He's happy. Always smiling."

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