Ranieri says Leicester may find it hard to keep N'Golo Kantè

Leicester City

The Leicester City manager faces a battle over the summer, with many of his star players being linked with moves away from the King Power Stadium.

With a huge game against Southampton on the horizon, Claudio Ranieri spoke at his pre-match press conference about the potential difficulty his club will face in keeping hold of N'Golo Kanté, as reported by Sky Sports:

"I think he should stay here, he is working very well, but if some big teams come in and offer big money, and he's not happy here, maybe we can think about it."

He went on to say how he only wants players who are committed to the cause, although he did suggest that his midfield general seems more than happy:

"I don't want people who are sad. I only wan't people who are happy, but he is always smiling, that's just speculation."

Fan's of the Foxes will be desperate that their club can hold on to one of their shining stars.

While Leicester's attacking players have received most of the plaudits this season, Kantè has played a pivotal role in the league leader's success. He leads the Premier League in tackles made by midfielders, and has been integral to Ranieri's men in breaking up play of the opposition.

Kante, 25, returned from international duty with France this week, where he made his debut for Les Bleus. He made a cameo appearance in their win over the Netherlands, before playing the full 90 minutes and scoring against Russia in a 4-2 win.

The Foxes host Southampton in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off, looking to extend their lead over Tottenham and Arsenal at the top.

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