Claudio Ranieri comments on future of Esteban Cambiasso

The Leicester boss wants to keep Cambiasso, who has been linked with West Ham and Aston Villa.

Cambiasso is out of contract after seeing his Leicester deal expire, but Claudio Ranieri has admitted to London24 that he wants to keep the Argentine midfielder at the King Power Stadium for next season.

Ranieri said: “I have spoken to him, I said to him ‘I need you, everybody loves you in Leicester, please come back’. He told me he wants to wait and look at all the opportunities offered to him and then he will choose. But we need ‘Yes or No’ because at the start of the season he is a team leader and if he doesn’t come I need another team leader.”

Whilst Ranieri wants Cambiasso to sign another deal with the Foxes, he is waiting to see all offers before deciding on his future - with two other Premier League teams in for him.

The 34-year-old has been linked with West Ham and Aston Villa, as per the Sun, and both teams offer better prospects going forward than Leicester.

The Hammers are playing in Europe this season, and although Villa have lost Fabian Delph - with Christian Benteke expected to follow him out the door - their chances of survival are higher than the Foxes.

Yet, Cambiasso is a fan favourite at the Kind Power Stadium, despite only playing for the club for one season, and he is guaranteed first-team football at the club.

Ranieri wants to see him back at Leicester next term, and is hoping Cambiasso decides his future soon, so that he can rebuild his team prior to the start of the Premier League season.

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