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‘Stay and be kings’, urges Ranieri

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists he will snub superstar signings despite winning the Barclays Premier League.

The Italian also wants to keep his squad together and told them they will be kings if they stay at the new champions.

The Foxes, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, have claimed an improbable title after Tottenham blew a 2-0 lead at Chelsea to draw 2-2 on Monday, leaving Leicester seven points clear with just two games left.

They have qualified for the Champions League but despite their new status Ranieri will not upset the squad dynamic by buying big.

He said: “We don’t need the superstars. We need our players. You see (in January) we bought Demarai Gray, we bought Daniel Amartey.

“It’s the same, they have barely been with us not six months. I want to improve the squad without big stars but the right players.

“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.

“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 chose 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.”

Ranieri remained coy on his own contract situation though after he signed a three-year deal in 2015 to replace Nigel Pearson at the King Power Stadium.

He added: “I have (signed for) three years (in 2015). Why do I have to sign a new contract?”

The Foxes will receive the trophy on Saturday after their final home game of the season with Everton and Ranieri said it will be a crowning glory, along with one of his first jobs in football at Cagliari.

“Yes, one of the best. I don’t forget when I started, where I started and in which division. I came from non-league, from amateur football, and when I arrived at Cagliari, in the Third Division, and we got to Serie A, that was my first fairytale.

“So I have a little love with this fairytale. Of course to win the Premier League is something. But in my heart there is always this (Cagliari).”

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