Leicester City’s Thai owners vowed Tuesday to resist any pressure to sell the much-coveted stars who have propelled them to an unlikely English Premier League victory.
Star striker Jamie Vardy, fleet-footed winger Riyad Mahrez and midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante have caught the eye with outstanding displays and would likely command massive transfer fees if sold.
But speaking to Thai television, club vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said the Midlands outfit was under no pressure to sell — and had in fact already contacted a number of potential new recruits.
“Leicester is not the team that will sell players — as I said on the first day... we want to create a foundation of the team. They have grown together,” Top, as he is better known, told Channel 3 television.
“All players want to stay and want to see how far the team can go... everyone is happy.”
The Foxes Thai owners have since been lavished with praise for their savvy handling of the club’s financial and personnel affairs — including the summer replacement of sacked manager Nigel Pearson with Claudio Ranieri.
“We plan six months in advance,” Top added. “We plan on buying players six months in advance and have contacted some already.”