Paolo di Canio has told Il Mattino that Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu let rumours of a move to Manchester City go to his head, while Napoli can cause Jannik Vestergaard issues.

The Foxes host the Azzurri at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night to kick off their Europa League campaign. Brendan Rodgers’ side go into the tie on the back of losing to the Citizens on Saturday, while Luciano Spalletti’s visitors beat Juventus 2-1 last weekend.

Soyuncu and Vestergaard started the Manchester City defeat, with the latter making his first Premier League start for Leicester. The £15m summer signing from Southampton had missed their prior two fixtures with a knee injury picked up in training.

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While Vestergaard joined Leicester this summer, Manchester City explored buying Soyuncu – which Di Canio believes he let go to his head. Ajansspor reported the Citizens, plus Real Madrid and Barcelona, wanted the Turkey international. But the Foxes demanded around €50m-60m (£43m-51m) to sell the 25-year-old, who is out of contract in 2023.

Di Canio also believes Napoli can cause Vestergaard issues when Leicester face the Serie A side. The West Ham icon touts Victor Osimhen as a potential threat for the Denmark ace.

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“Vestergaard, who has just arrived from Southampton, is a tall, wiry guy, but with someone like Osimhen, if the Nigerian plays, he will have a hard time,” Di Canio said. “But the same also if there is a false nine.

“Then there’s the Turkish player who, ever since he was supposed to go to [Manchester] City but then stayed has gone to his head. Soyuncu also did damage with Turkey. He almost plays like he’s got a nose for trouble.”

Are Di Canio’s comments on Leicester defenders Vestergaard and Soyuncu fair?

Vestergaard endured a mixed start as a Leicester player against Wolves on the opening day of the season. Adama Traore easily shrugged the Denmark international off the ball, but he bounced back and grew into the game.

Injury meant Rodgers could not field the 29-year-old against West Ham or Norwich, but he was strong against Manchester City. Vestergaard moved the ball nicely, positioned himself well, and continually dealt with an onslaught of crosses.

Soyuncu, meanwhile, led the Leicester defence against Wolves, made numerous tackles, clearances, interceptions and put his body on the line. Yet his fine start fell away against West Ham with an error-strewn display, making reckless tackles and a costly backpass.

The Turkey ace did not bounce back against Norwich, either, with further ill-timed tackles and misplaced passes. Soyuncu rediscovered some form beside Vestergaard against City on Saturday, but they still dragged him out of position – which Napoli, and the attack Di Canio warns Rodgers of, will look to do in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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