Leicester City are set to offer midfielder Danny Drinkwater a new deal amid reported interest from Liverpool.
The Daily Mail reported that the Red have ‘tentative interest’ in the former Manchester United trainee with claims they are plotting a £14million move for the midfielder, but Ranieri is moving quickly to extend Drinkwater’s deal.
The Foxes are keen to hang on to the 26-year-old, and will offer up £80,00o-a-week to make sure he stays with the club.
Drinkwater played a crucial role in Leicester’s title win, something which has earned him a spot in Roy Hodgson’s provisional Euro 2016 squad.
A Manchester United fan, Drinkwater revealed his reaction to leaving the club for Leicester.
“Initially, it hurt. I was gutted” he told the Daily Mail in March.
“But it wasn’t as if I was leaving for a proper lower-league side. I looked at the Championship table and Leicester were mid to bottom – but the owners had just taken over, Nigel Pearson was new in the job, so you could see the potential.
“When I’d gone out on loan before it was always there in the back of my mind, that I could go back to United. If you got injured, you had United to return to — with the best facilities, the best of everything. You’ve got that safety net — and now it was gone. But not having it changed me.
“Going to Leicester, suddenly, football was just my living. This was the way I was going to support my family. That is when I started to mature as a player. I wanted to make a difference at Leicester and it was something I needed, to be more focused.
“I’ve worked my socks off to get here now. I’m not blaming Manchester United. I had lessons on what was needed to succeed hammered into me at their academy. Loads of players have gone on from there — but it needed bringing out in me.
If you can knuckle down somewhere else, I’d say go and do it. Once I got to Leicester, I just wanted to prove myself.”