Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is already dreaming of another successful outing with the team next season as he confirms his wish that every member of the squad stays.
After helping the club to a historical English Premier League triumph, it’ll be the joy of every manager that the team remain together. The coach has therefore urged his players to stick around for next season, at least.
Though the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante have become household names over the last season as Leicester defied odds of 5,000-1 to become English champions for the first time, there are speculations that the players might be tempted away, not only from the club but also from their inspiration.
Leicester is expected to keep the flames glowing but the club will have much work to do this time. It is surely, harder to be a success and remain successful than it is to be an underdog. You lose nothing being a loser.
“If they are intelligent, they stay with us another year,” Ranieri told the BBC after Leicester celebrated their triumph with a 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday.
“They know the Champions League is very difficult. Then after this next experience they can go.
“If they ask me something, I say ‘stay with me’. But if somebody comes to me and says ‘I’d like to go’ then go because I want only happy players with me.”
Captain Wes Morgan said it had been “unbelievable” to raise the Premier League trophy in front of the ecstatic Leicester fans at King Power Stadium.
“I had to hold back the tears, I held them back and lifted it up – it was the best feeling in the world,” he said.
“Hopefully, we can crack on from here. It is a big, big season next season but I want to enjoy the moment.
“It’s like a dream but now it’s a reality and you just want to enjoy it.”
Ranieri knows it’s not going to a ‘walk over’ next season. The Premier League competition will get tougher but the coach is asking fans and players to believe in him as well as in themselves.