Ranieri looking to retain players, not buy them

Claudio Ranieri has reiterated that Leicester City won’t splash the cash in the transfer market after winning the English Premier League title.

The Italian manager feels bringing in big-name players would go against the team’s philosophy and potentially cause an imbalance in squad harmony as he tries to keep the core of his title-winning squad together.

“It is too early to say we need five, six, seven or eight players. We have to see, I would like to maintain all my players,” he said after Leicester were crowned Premier League champions.

Ranieri claims he’s told his squad they’ll be ‘kings’ if they remain at the club, and revealed that if one or two leave the club the Foxes will continue with the same transfer policy – signing young and hungry players with massive potential.

“We don’t need the superstars. We need our players. You see we bought Demarai Gray, we bought Daniel Amartey. It’s the same, they have barely been with us not six months,” the former Chelsea boss added. “I want to improve the squad without big stars but the right players.

“But if one of my players says to me I want to go there, I try to keep him. I suggest to everybody this is a fantastic club, we won the title, we can do something good in our few years.

“If you go away you don’t know what happens, here you are the king. If you go away, what happens?

“It is important to choose very well for the lads because now for me as well the lads are my sons. Leicester in the long-term will go in a very high position.”