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Gokhan Inler attracting interest from Villa

Published 22/12/2015

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, pictured, does not expect Riyad Mahrez to leave this January
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, pictured, does not expect Riyad Mahrez to leave this January

Gokhan Inler is on Aston Villa's radar with Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri prepared to let his fringe players leave.

The midfielder, Andrej Kramaric and Yohan Benalouane could all be granted a move from the King Power Stadium after a lack of playing time.

Inler has started just twice in the Barclays Premier League after a summer switch from Napoli while striker Kramaric and defender Benalouane are yet to start.

Inler is happy at City despite a lack of action but, as Switzerland captain, knows he needs regular football to safeguard his place ahead of Euro 2016.

Villa boss Remi Garde is tracking the 31-year-old to aid their relegation fight with the side bottom of the table and 10 points from safety.

He said: "I'm aware of this (Inler's) situation because I've looked at all the players who could be interested in this situation because of the Euros. I don't want to say to you where he is on my list.

"Of course, every player who will play Euros I am interested in because they are good players. It doesn't mean they will come or that I have already called them. But I know him very well."

And with t he Foxes top of the Barclays Premier League by two points Ranieri would listen to requests to move if he can find replacements.

"I would like to maintain everyone but I understand if they want to go. I hope to replace them if they do," he said.

Inler has been kept out of the side by Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante with the Foxes surprise title contenders and they have only been beaten by second placed Arsenal.

The Gunners won 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium in September and Ranieri believes Arsene Wenger's side are title favourites.

He said: "I agree with these people when they say Arsenal are favourites or City are favourites.

"Our team is a young team and it's the first time we're top of the league. I would sign a guarantee now to stay above Arsenal, I want to stay above Arsenal at the end of the league. If not at the top, very close."

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