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Gokhan Inler would leave Leicester to save Euro 2016 dream

Published 21/12/2015

Leicester's Gokhan Inler has struggled for game time at the league leaders this season.
Leicester's Gokhan Inler has struggled for game time at the league leaders this season.

Gokhan Inler will not rush into a Leicester exit but is prepared to leave to save his Euro 2016 dream.

The 31-year-old is interesting a number of clubs ahead of the January window after failing to break into Claudio Ranieri's table-topping team.

He has made just two Barclays Premier League starts since a summer move from Napoli and wants to safeguard his spot in Switzerland's squad for France next year.

Inler, Switzerland's captain, will work with Leicester to find a solution and is happy at the club despite his lack of action but his agent Dino Lamberti admitted the midfielder needs to play.

He told Press Association Sport: "Gokhan is, more than ever, willing to come out on top at Leicester City. Of course, due to his current situation, in which he is part of a team that is doing exceptionally well, yet hardly featuring, I am in close contact with a number of clubs as potential suitors - be it on loan or on a permanent deal.

"Leading up to Euro 2016 and being the captain of the Swiss national team Gokhan does need more regular match practice under his belt.

"However, at this point we won't come to rash conclusions, but analyse the situation accordingly and in close co-operation with Leicester and their director of football, Jon Rudkin."

Andy King was preferred ahead of Inler for Saturday's 3-2 win at Everton, despite Danny Drinkwater's injury, which sent the Foxes five points clear at the top of the table.

Ex-Udinese star Inler last started a league match in Leicester's 2-2 draw at Stoke in September but since then the Foxes have lost just once to become shock title contenders.

They to go Liverpool on Boxing Day before hosting title rivals Manchester City on December 29.

Riyad Mahrez, though, is set to remain at Leicester in January, according to his agent.

The Algerian forward has been arguably the Foxes best player so far this term, scoring 13 times in the Premier League.

His agent Kamel Bengougam Sky Sports News: "I don't think Leicester want to sell him and he is focused on doing well with them. I think he will stay in January."

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