Ranieri says Leicester star won’t be sold to Manchester United

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has poured cold water on rumours that key midfielder Danny Drinkwater could leave the club and rejoin former employers Manchester United.

Reports in the press this week have linked Jose Mourinho’s men with an audacious approach to resign their former youth player in an attempt to get the balance of their midfield right at Old Trafford.

Drinkwater was an essential member of the Leicester side that shocked the world and won the Premier League title last season, with the combative midfielder the side’s leader from the boiler room.

He was unlucky not to be selected for England’s Euro 2016 squad and recently signed a new contract to keep him at the King Power Stadium.

Ranieri has stated that Drinkwater is an essential member of the Leicester squad and his extended terms guaranteed that the midfield general would not be leaving the club any time soon.

“This is a good process to improve because one year ago nobody was asking about our players,” the Italian told The Guardian.

“Now there are big, big teams [interested] and my players must be very proud of this but maintain their way. Then if something happens, it’s OK.

“But [Drinkwater] signed a new contract and I think he doesn’t have a clause, so if Manchester United want him it is OK. We don’t want to sell anybody.

“We want to keep our players and we showed this. We only lose Kante because he had a clause but no other player we lost. We want to keep all the players and maybe improve the squad.”