AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang has admitted that he had the opportunity to join Premier League champions Leicester City this summer, but turned the Foxes down because he was told he would have to play second fiddle to Jamie Vardy, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
The 21-year-old France U21 international was linked with a move to the King Power Stadium earlier this summer (Sky Sports), but has now explained how close a deal actually came and why he refused a move to England.
Niang in action for AC Milan
The Mirror quote Niang as saying: "When Claudio Ranieri called me I listened to his offer, then I spoke with my club and we decided not to do anything. I would have only played if Jamie Vardy was injured."
Niang claims he spoke with Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri
Although extremely talented, Niang cannot exactly be classed as an experienced goalscorer, with just nine goals in 56 outings for the Rossoneri.
Even if a move had come to fruition, it would not have been a foregone conclusion that he would have been able to prove himself as a reliable deputy for Vardy.
Leicester missing out on Niang will surely not be news Foxes fans lose any sleep over, especially if they continue the form that took them to the Premier League title last term.
Instead of Niang, Ranieri eventually signed Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow as competition for his England international striker, for a reported fee in the region of £16 million.
The Foxes ended up signing Ahmed Musa as competition for Jamie Vardy