Yohan Benalouane discusses Leicester City exit, parting words with Claudio Ranieri

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Yohan Benalouane has been discussing his struggle to make an impact at Leicester City.

Yohan Benalouane was introduced to the press at new loan side Fiorentina on Thursday.

Benalouane signed with the Serie A side until the end of the season, leaving Leicester City after failing to make an impact for the Foxes.

The 28-year-old defender made only four substitute appearances after a summer transfer from Atalanta.

Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, he attempted to explain where it all went wrong. The Tunisian defender said: "We were at the top, so everything was working.

"I arrived in a ready-made team, and of course the coach had no needs to change. But I've been training well, sometimes I played and that was my role."

Benalouane is glad to be at a side where he has more chance of playing, even if Fiorentina are battling for a Champions League place of their own.

They are in third place, eight points back from leaders Napoli, one point ahead of fourth placed Inter Milan - with only the top three qualifying for the Champions League.

Speaking about Leicester's success, Benalouane added: "It is all down to the mentality. On the field there is only one group that fights together.

"I was genuinely impressed with this philosophy, then the quality players did the rest. Thanks to the enthusiasm and thanks to the quality we were able to go high. The coach also has been able to mix the Italian tactics with the English energy."

Leicester are presently top of the Premier League by five points and visit Arsenal this weekend, with a chance to put further distance between themselves and the chasing pack if they can pull off a victory.

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