July 20, 2015 17:34:24 UK
New Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri wants an answer sooner rather than later from Esteban Cambiasso about whether he will return to the club next season.
The 34-year-old Argentina midfielder was a massive influence on the Foxes staying in the Premier League last term, but has to decide what he plans to do next term.
We need ‘yes or no’ because at the start of the season he is a team leader.
And Ranieri is clearly frustrated with the situation, as he told reporters: “I’ve had a conversation with him. I have spoken to him, I know him from Inter Milan, I coached him there.
“I said to him ‘I need you, everybody loves you in Leicester, please come back’. He told me he wants to wait and look at all the opportunities offered to him and then he will choose.
“But we need ‘yes or no’ because at the start of the season he is a team leader and if he doesn’t come I need another team leader. We don’t start the season without a player like him.”
City won seven of their last nine league games last season to ensure their survival in the top-flight, before Ranieri was drafted in to replace Nigel Pearson earlier this summer.
The Foxes have added three players to their squad so far this summer, with Robert Huth joining after impressing on loan last season, while fellow defender Christian Fuchs and striker Shinji Okazaki have both arrived from German football.
Leicester can be backed at 3.75 to be relegated next season, with Aston Villa 3.75 and West Bromwich Albion 6.00.
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