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Leicester City hunt for new talent after Premier League win

By Nick Mashiter

Published 04/05/2016

Just champion: Claudio Ranieri has a ball at Leicester City’s training session yesterday
Just champion: Claudio Ranieri has a ball at Leicester City’s training session yesterday

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri insists he will snub superstar signings despite winning the 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.

Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PA
Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PA
A Chelsea fan holds up a banner celebrating Leicester City being crowned champions following the 2-2 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Chelsea fans hold up banners celebrating Leicester City being crowned champions following the 2-2 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Chelsea fans hold up banners celebrating Leicester City being crowned champions following the 2-2 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans watch the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. If Spurs fail to win against Chelsea, Leicester City will become Premier League champions. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight titel. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate Chelsea's second goal as they watch the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. If Spurs fail to win against Chelsea, Leicester City will become Premier League champions. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans watch the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. If Spurs fail to win against Chelsea, Leicester City will become Premier League champions. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans take a picture in Hogarths pub in Leicester during the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur match. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores the equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores the equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea miss a goal-scoring opportunity against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react after a missed chance for Chelsea during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans react after a missed chance for Chelsea during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans react after Chelsea scored to pull one goal back during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City fan reacts as he watches after Tottenham score in the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City fan reacts as he watches after Tottenham score in the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur and Nemanja Matic of Chelsea battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea miss a goal-scoring opportunity against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester-based musicians film a video for their latest music project "Fearless" in central Leicester, eastern England, on 2 May, 2016. The song has been recorded to celebrate Leciester City Football Club's performance in the 2015/16 season of the Premier League. AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill celebrates scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans, who are facing a nail-biting wait to see if their side pulls off one of the greatest comebacks in English football history and lifts the Premier League trophy. PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Thai supporter of Leicester City reacts as people watch the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester United on the TV, in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 1, 2016. The teams drew 1-1. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) grapples with Chelsea's John Terry during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
Leciester City fans watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Hogarths pub in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur splits open the Chelsea defence to score the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leciester City fans watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Hogarths pub in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (front) heads the ball in front of Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (back) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A Chelsea fan holds up a banner in support of Leicester City's title challenge during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur takes a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) talks with Chelsea's Dutch interim manager Guus Hiddink (R) on the touchlinen during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
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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)."

Captain Wes Morgan, who equalised in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United, admitted the emotions may get the better of him when he lifts the trophy on Saturday.

"I am going to try to hold back the tears. It is going to be very emotional. It hasn't sunk in yet. It was a long night celebrating and I am feeling a bit drained," he said.

"After the initial euphoria a lot of people couldn't believe what had happened. There were a few tears.

"I can't quite believe it. The journey we've been on is fantastic."

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