Ranieri updates on Drinkwater's future following Spurs links

Manchester United's Anthony Martial in action with Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater

The Leicester City midfielder was reportedly struggling to agree a new contract at the King Power Stadium, with last season's title rivals Tottenham said to be circling.

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Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has given encouraging news for supporters on the contract talks involving Danny Drinkwater, coming just days after Premier League rivals Spurs were linked with a move for the player by the likes of the Sun.

In comments appearing on Sky Sports, the Italian jokingly suggested there was no money for any further new deals, before indicating he expects a positive outcome in the near future.

“Danny has arrived too late, we take all the money, he doesn’t have any money now," Ranieri is quoted as saying.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial in action with Leicester City's Danny DrinkwaterManchester United's Anthony Martial in action with Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater

“No, I think he is very, very close [to signing] and I am also very happy with Drinky. He had a fantastic season and I am sure he can also improve because now he is more confident.”

Leicester have managed to bat off approaches from Arsenal for two of their star players, convincing both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez that their future would be better served at the King Power Stadium than at the Emirates.

Although Ranieri was unable to do the same thing when Chelsea came calling for anchorman N'Golo Kante, it appears he will also be able to rely on the services of Drinkwater this season and beyond.

Hull's Samuel Clucas and Hull City's Robert Snodgrass in action with Leicester City's Danny DrinkwaterHull's Samuel Clucas and Hull City's Robert Snodgrass in action with Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater

Tottenham have been looking for a central midfielder who can offer something going forward, with Pochettino over-reliant on Mousa Dembele right now.

Quite how much interest Spurs had in the former Manchester United midfielder remains to be seen, with the North Londoners noted by the Sun as following his reported contract discussions surrounding a new £80,000-a-week-deal. It doesn't appear that they actively made a bid for the player's services, like it was suggested their rivals Arsenal did in relation to Vardy and Mahrez.

Nevertheless, with reports that negotiations over a new contract for Drinkwater were not going smoothly, Leicester supporters will be encouraged that Ranieri was in such an optimistic and light-hearted mood about the midfielder's future.

For the Foxes to tie down so many of their title-winning heroes to new contracts is as important as any transfer business they have done come the end of the transfer window, and with Drinkwater believed to be eager to push on and win a regular spot in Sam Allardyce's England squad, he could well raise his bar a little higher this season.

England's Danny Drinkwater in action with Australia's Mark Milligan and Joshua RisdonEngland's Danny Drinkwater in action with Australia's Mark Milligan and Joshua Risdon

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