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Karanka warns Leicester to raise offer for Ramirez

Gaston Ramirez is wanted by Leicester. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has warned Premier League champions Leicester they will not get want-away midfielder Gaston Ramirez on the cheap.

Karanka confirmed that the 26-year-old Uruguay international has handed in a transfer request, and that the Foxes have had a bid for his services rejected as he faces a battle to hang on to a man the Teessiders worked hard to sign on a permanent basis during the summer.

Karanka said: "Yes, he's handed in a transfer request, but the offer that we received is not good enough.

"It's more than difficult, it's frustrating because he was calling us to play here last season. He played his best last season, he went back to the national team again playing with us and to have this situation is frustrating as a coach and as a person."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was coy when asked a bout the situation at his pre-match press conference.

The Italian said: "This is not my matter. I am head coach, I am not manager. I don't speak about money."

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Ranieri hopes Leicester fans give Kante hero's reception

N'Golo Kante won the league with Leicester last season. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri hopes N'Golo Kante will get a hero's welcome when he makes his first return to the Foxes.

The midfielder quit the champions for Chelsea in a £32million deal in the summer after helping them win the Premier League last season.

He was the only key member of the title-winning team to leave the King Power Stadium following their shock success as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel signed new contracts.

Kante returns with Chelsea in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday and Ranieri is looking forward to their reunion.

"I am very happy and I will give to him a very warm welcome back and I am sure also our fans they must appreciate what he did last season and give him a warm welcome," he said.

"I will be very happy if our fans clap him at the beginning and afterwards he is an enemy.

"They must understand that when arrives a big team it is difficult to say no. For this reason I say thank you to Jamie Vardy and his family, and to Riyad when they decided to stay here. For us it was important to maintain everybody.

"He was very important for us and I think he was even more important for us than at Chelsea because Chelsea have so many big players."

Leicester appoint former Liverpool scout Macia

Eduardo Macia is Leicester's new Head of Senior Player Recruitment. Credit: PA

Leicester have named the former Liverpool, Valencia and Real Betis scout Eduardo Macia as their new Head of Senior Player Recruitment.

Leicester had been searching for a replacement for Ben Wrigglesworth for several months, the man responsible for unearthing Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, who was prized away by Arsenal in February.

It was at Valencia that the 42 year-old worked with current Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri, while he also spent four years alongside Rafael Benitez at Liverpool from 2006.

Leicester director of football Jon Rudkin told the club's official website:

Eduardo's appointment follows an extensive process undertaken by the football club to identify a candidate of outstanding experience that would contribute significantly to the long-term development of our player recruitment strategy.

His expertise and network of contacts will add considerable strength to our existing team of recruitment staff, whose skill and diligence contributed greatly to a successful summer transfer window.

To appoint someone of Eduardo's calibre further highlights the club's ambition to strengthen its standing in the game and to realise our owners' vision of success that is both lasting and sustainable.

– Leicester director of football Jon Rudkin
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