Max Gradel hopes Leicester will win Premier League title, and suggests what Bournemouth could achieve next year

The 28-year-old is backing his former club to claim a famous victory but hinted they may have a new challenger next season.

Max Gradel is hoping that Leicester City will be able to go on and clinch the Premier League title this season, and claimed that if they can do it, then he sees no reason why current team Bournemouth cannot emulate them next term, the Daily Mirror reports.

Gradel was part of the Foxes squad that won the League One title in 2009, so has a very good understanding of how incredible an achievement it would be if Claudio Ranieri's men could stay where they currently are until the end of the campaign. 

And he insisted that Leicester winning the title is not only what he wants to see, but would also be great for the game as a whole, before suggesting that the Cherries should take inspiration from them.

"Of course I want Leicester to win the title," he told the Mirror. "They are my old club, they work hard, they don't have any 'big' players and it would be good if they went on to win the Premier League - it would be good for football.

"Can we do a Leicester next season? Anything is possible in football " why not?"

Bournemouth's chances of remaining in the top flight for a second season look a lot more convincing than Leicester's did at this stage last season.

Nigel Pearson's men were seven points adrift of safety having played out a goalless draw with relegation rivals Hull City at this time last year, while Eddie Howe's side's victory over Swansea on Saturday - which was set-up by Gradel's first goal for the club since returning - means that they are 13 points clear of the drop zone so would need something very bizarre to happen for them to be pulled into trouble.

And while the suggestion of Bournemouth challenging for the title next season would be written off by most previously, the suggestion that Leicester would be anywhere near the top of the table at this stage of the campaign would have been dismissed by just as many people at this time last year.

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