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Shakespeare confident of keeping Leicester's finest

Shakespeare hopes Mahrez will stay at Leicester Credit: PA

Confident Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare believes the Foxes can hold onto their stars without European football.

The 53-year-old insists his squad are happy at the King Power Stadium despite their reign as champions coming to an end.

Leicester were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid last week and are 15th in the Premier League ahead of Wednesday's trip to Arsenal.

There will be no European run next season but Shakespeare feels the players, including Riyad Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Drinkwater, will stay.

We have said before we don't want to be a selling club. All the players are happy here. They are a very unique group, we have created something here which is quite special, so they have said they are quite happy.

It's again one of those things. I have no problems with players being ambitious but they are at a good club here and get looked after well. I'm sure the time will come to sit down.

We will probably have agents knocking on the door but we've said before we don't want to be a selling club and we want to add to that.

– Craig Shakespeare
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