Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ranieri wants to keep Ulloa

Leonardo Ulloa. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Leonardo Ulloa. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Leicester are determined to keep wantaway striker Leonardo Ulloa with boss Claudio Ranieri confident he will stay.

The 30-year-old handed in a transfer request on Thursday with an offer on the table from Spanish side Alaves.

The bid is thought to be nowhere near the Foxes' asking price for their former record signing and the Premier League champions are prepared to fight to keep him. Ahead of tomorrow's clash with Southampton, Ranieri said: "Always I said I don't want to keep players who are not happy but at the top there is the club. Three of us have to be happy, club, me and the player.

"I like Leo because he is a fantastic professional, a good player. Now they are speaking and I think at the end he will stay with us. I want him. He's a striker, I only have so many strikers. There is only (Islam) Slimani to hold the ball up and I need two strikers who are very similar. I can understand because until two years ago he was used to playing every match.

"Two years ago he was the goalscorer of the team. Last season I started with Shinji (Okazaki) and (Jamie) Vardy because he was a little late on the fitness and they made something special."

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