Leicester turn to Ranieri as they rival Tottenham for Serie A winger

Date published: Thursday 25th February 2021 3:17 - Robert McCarthy

Mikkel Damsgaard, Bosko Sutalo

Leicester City have reportedly joined Tottenham and several other Premier League clubs in the race to sign Mikkel Damsgaard from Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria this summer.

The Denmark international winger is one of the most sought after young players in European football.

As well as Spurs, Premier League rivals Southampton, West Ham and Leeds have all been credited with an interest in the 20-year-old.

Some of Italy’s big boys are also in the running, with Napoli and Juventus monitoring the player.

However, Calciomercato claims that the Foxes have now entered the race for the attacker’s signature.

And with Ranieri in charge at Sampdoria, they may have a better chance of landing Damsgaard than their rivals.

Ranieri guided the Foxes to an incredible Premier League title win in 2016 and still holds the club in high regard.

But someone else he also holds in high regard is winger Damsgaard, who he predicts for big things.

“In my view, Damsgaard is an enfant prodige,” Ranieri said of the former Nordsjaelland speedster, via SosFanta.

“He must be managed quietly without burdening him with too many responsibilities.”

While Ranieri clearly feels that the player has a lot to learn, he must be concerned at interest from other clubs.

Leicester’s interest is perhaps a little surprising, given that Damsgaard normally operates as a left-winger.

That is the exact spot where Harvey Barnes has excelled this season, although Brendan Rodgers might have a different plan for the England hopeful next season.

Tielemans going nowhere

Youri Tielemans claims he has no reason to leave Leicester and believes the club are set up to win silverware.

The Belgium midfielder has impressed again this season and started 24 of Leicester’s 25 Premier League games.

Youri Tielemans TEAMtalk

Tielemans, 23, has been a reliable component of Brendan Rodgers’ side who have climbed to third spot in the table.

The midfielder though has been getting admiring glances from Europe and at home, with Liverpool and Manchester United both keen.

Tielemans’ agent Peter Smeets suggested in December his client was in demand ahead of the January transfer window.

Smeets made it clear that Tielemans, who was a £35m signing from Monaco in 2019, is hungry to win trophies.

Asked if he can achieve his ambitions with Leicester, Tielemans replied: “Yes, why not? This is a club where you have the best environment you can have, especially with this new training ground. The people around you just want the best for you.” Read more…

 

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