Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare not expecting shake up


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Craig Shakespeare insists he is not expecting any major departures from the Leicester squad over the course of the summer, despite their struggles this term.

The Foxes entered the 2016-17 campaign still riding the crest of a wave after their heroics from the previous campaign when they shocked the footballing world to win the Premier League title.

However, at one stage, Leicester were at great risk of being dragged into a relegation battle and opted to sack manager Claudio Ranieri just nine months after he led them to glory.

Shakespeare was drafted in as his replacement until the end of the season and the 53-year-old steadied the ship to steer them clear of the bottom three.

The King Power outfit are now hoping to end the campaign in the top half of the table but there have been suggestions they could lose some key players.

The likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who were key in helping them claim the title, have been linked with exits but Shakespeare insists he does not expect major departures after a recent meeting with the board.

“It was a very productive meeting (regarding player recruitment),” he said. “No player has expressed any desire to leave this football club, to me or the owners.

“The players can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we want to finish as high as we can. We’re aware of where we can finish.”

Leicester are next in action on Thursday and can be backed at 4.20 to claim victory when they host Tottenham, who are priced at 1.91 to win, while the draw is available at 3.60.

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