Ousmane Dembele reveals Leicester snub during Claudio Ranieri call

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The signature of Rennes starlet Ousmane Dembele is likely to be one the most hotly contested in the summer transfer window with clubs around Europe keen to sign him.

Dembele only made his dull debut for the Ligue 1 outfit this season but has since become their most important player, scoring 12 goals and creating five more in 24 games.

That makes him the youngest player across Europe's top five divisions to score 12 league goals and certainly puts him up there with one of the most valuable teenagers in the world.


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But while the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are certain to be in the running for his signature, one club who Dembele will not be joining is Premier League champions Leicester City.

Why? Because, as the player has revealed, the Foxes have already tried to coax him away from Rennes and failed. Claudio Ranieri took time out of his busy schedule to speak to Dembele over the phone but could not to convince him to move to the King Power Stadium.

Phone call

"I had Claudio Ranieri on the phone," Dembele told Ouest-France - as per The Mirror. "I was surprised to hear from him, I told him that I will not go to Leicester.

"I know where I am going."

So where is he going?

Well, if that is not an intriguing closing comment from the 18-year-old then we simply do not know what is. It seems that the striker has already decided on his next destination and we have some clues as to where that might be.

While Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal have been linked with the striker in recent months, it seems that Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund are leading the chase.

The striker dropped a huge hint on his Twitter account last month, liking a post that showed him photoshopped into the black and yellow kit of Thomas Tuchel's men.

He would certainly be in good company at the Westfalenstadion where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has experienced tremendous success since his own move from Ligue 1 in 2013. The Gabon international was transformed from a raw winger into one of Europe's deadliest strikers under the tutelage of both Tuchel and his predecessor, Jurgen Klopp.

Leicester's alternative options

As far as Leicester are concerned, they now face moving to their other striking options as they look to find cover for Jamie Vardy.

They have been linked with Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani this week while they are believed to be discussing a club-record deal for Deportivo La Coruna's top scorer Lucas Perez.

While both terrific strikers, neither come with the potential that Dembele has shown, which suggests he could one day become one of the best in the world.

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