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Craig Shakespeare set to discuss his Leicester future next week

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is ready to resolve his future next week.

Shakespeare has hinted talks with the club's owners are imminent, with the 53-year-old expected to be given the job long term.

Shakespeare signed a contract as manager until the end of the season when he replaced Claudio Ranieri in February and has guided last season's Premier League champions away from relegation danger, as well as taking them to the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Foxes are 11th ahead of Thursday's visit of Tottenham and with the season ending against Bournemouth on Sunday, Shakespeare - who has won eight of his 14 games - is prepared to sit down with chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

He said: "The end of the season is Sunday, so after that. I expect it in the following days after Sunday. Of course in my head I have ideas on that and when we sit down I'll be able to give them my thoughts.

"As a manager and a coach you have to have ideas and thoughts and the thought process in your head and ready.

"But you don't want to jump ahead and you don't want to do things like that.

"I'm not an off-the-cuff person. I like to be organised."

Shakespeare's contract as assistant manager, his position under Ranieri, runs beyond June and he would revert back to that deal if nothing is finalised by the end of next month.

But he has been holding talks over transfers and attended a recruitment meeting last week as Leicester plan for next season, admitting the club are progressing with some summer targets.

He said: "I think that's fair to say. I think that's the head of recruitment and the director of football's job to deal with that and I'm fairly optimistic and pleased with how far they've got with that."

Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez could be stripped of penalty duties after his misfortune in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.

The Algeria winger slipped as he kicked the ball, touching it twice, and while he scored it was ruled out meaning he has failed with four of his last 11 attempts.

"I might, and I might tell him," said Shakespeare, when asked if he could take the winger off spot-kick duties.

"It is for discussion. I don't know what his response will be. We do practice penalties, I am a believer you have to be of a good mindset to take them. Players will want to take them in training but in games maybe shy away.

"With Riyad he never shies away and he has to take a bit of credit for that.

"But also I am aware of what you are suggesting as well."

Shakespeare is without the injured Danny Drinkwater, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Andy King and Nampalys Mendy to face Tottenham.

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