Ranieri denies Drinkwater buy-out clause claim

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri expects Danny Drinkwater to remain at the Foxes after revealing the midfielder doesn't have a buy-out clause in his current contract.

Drinkwater came through the Manchester United academy, although the 26-year-old hadn't made an appearance for his home-time club when he joined Leicester in 2012.

Prior to Leicester's match against United at Old Trafford on Saturday, Ranieri said the new five-year deal Drinkwater signed with the Premier League champions doesn't have a clause which would allow him to leave on the cheap.

"This is a good process to improve because one year ago nobody was asking about our players," Ranieri told reporters.

"Now there are big, big teams and my players must be very proud of this but maintain their way.

"He signed a new contract and he doesn't have a clause and if Manchester want him it is okay. We don't want to sell anybody.

"We only lost [N'Golo] Kante [to Chelsea] because he had a clause but no other player we lost. We want to keep all the players and all the squad."

Drinkwater has been a fixure in the Leicester team ever since Ranieri took over from Nigel Pearson in 2014-15, and he has hailed the Italian's positive influence on his career.

"Before he joined the club I had a season where I didn't really play a lot of football," Drinkwater said.

"He is picking me week in week out so I obviously thank him for that. He has put a lot of trust in me and I am hopefully repaying him. I am sure you can tell at the outside just what we have achieved since he has been here."

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