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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri tells Bartosz Kapustka he must bide his time

Published 21/10/2016

Bartosz Kapustka is still waiting for his chance at Leicester
Bartosz Kapustka is still waiting for his chance at Leicester

Bartosz Kapustka has been told he must continue to work hard and bide his time as he awaits his chance to impress at Leicester.

The Poland international midfielder, who played in all four of his country's games at Euro 2016, has yet to make his senior debut for the Premier League champions since his £7.5million summer move from Cracovia back in his homeland.

He has featured in only two match-day squads, in the opening Premier League game at Hull and the EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea, but never came off the bench and the 19-year-old has played just a handful of matches for the Under-23 side.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri wants to give Kapustka, and fellow summer signing Ahmed Musa, plenty of time to adapt to English football but he believes both players will prove valuable additions for the Foxes, even if they are not ready just yet.

''He is more or less the same as Musa. Both are very fast and very strong but they have to understand the Premier League,'' said Ranieri, whose side return to Premier League action at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

''Every match in the Premier League is a very tough match in a very tough league and I want them more strong in the duels and the tackles. It is just about understanding the tempo, but we have a very good future with them.

''Will he play soon? No. But now it is difficult for me to say 'go with the youth team' because I look at him in the training sessions and he's better, better, better.

''It is important because the players have to answer just on the pitch. If the manager doesn't choose you you have to be strong and continue to fight. If you slow down you make my job easier because I'm not sad.

''I will say 'if you don't train well I can't choose you, that's it'. But it is difficult because everybody is training well without pain, but I want these kind of difficulties.''

Ranieri will check on the fitness of captain Wes Morgan (hip), midfielder Andy King (shin) and striker Jamie Vardy (groin) before finalising his plans for the visit of Palace.

All three players are nursing knocks following the Champions League victory against Copenhagen on Tuesday night but Ranieri, who on Thursday celebrated his 65th birthday, thinks they should all be available.

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