Leicester boss Ranieri would ‘understand’ Kante departure

Date published: Friday 15th July 2016 11:07

N'Golo Kante: Offered a new contract

N'Golo Kante: Offered a new contract

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has said he would “understand” if N’Golo Kante decided to leave the champions this summer.

The Italian boss has confirmed he has offered the midfield anchor a new contract, believed to be four years, and is still waiting to hear back about the player’s future plans.

Asked anout the 25-year-old’s future, Ranieri told the Leicester Mercury: “I don’t know. I know one thing, we have offered a new deal of a contract to him.

“He wanted to wait because he wanted to finish Euro 2016. Now I hear there is so much speculation behind him.

“I don’t want to lose him. I don’t want to, but I could understand if he wants to go.

“At this point, I hope the team bring the maximum. I don’t know about the money, I am not a manager, just a coach, so I don’t speak about money. I say what I feel, I want him here.”

Kante joined Leicester from Caen only last summer for just £5.65million and signed a four-year deal, but his brilliant debut season has led to the club offering him a lucrative new deal amid speculation that Chelsea have agreed a £29million transfer.


Ranieri refused to confirm reports that Chelsea have submitted a bid for Kante, but admitted he is hoping for a quick resolution on the France midfielder’s future.

He added: “I don’t want to speak about this kind of speculation. Maybe it is not Chelsea, maybe it is another team with Champions League.

“I speak to him but I can’t tell you. I speak often with him.

“I would like now to be sure who stays with me or not, because now we start the friendly games and I have to manage change and try to do something.

“I would like to understand if he would like to stay with me or no.”

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