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Leicester complete signing of winger Kapustka

Leicester have signed Poland international winger Bartosz Kapustka.

The 19-year-old has joined the Premier League champions from Cracovia in his homeland, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.

Kapustka made over 60 appearances for Cracovia. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri's side are currently in Stokholm where they will play Barcelona on Wednesday night in the International Champions Cup and Kapustka has linked up with his new team mates in the Swedish capital.

Kapustka made over 60 appearances for Cracovia, with his displays leading to an international debut for Poland in September 2015 when he came on as a substitute against Gibraltar.

He was part of the Poland squad at this summer's European Championships in France and produced an impressive display in the opening group game against Northern Ireland.

Kapustka is the fifth new arrival at the King Power Stadium during the close season following the arrivals of Luis Hernandez, Ron-Robert Zieler, Papy Mendy and Ahmed Musa.

Everton confirm Walsh as new director of football

Steve Walsh has joined Everton. Credit: PA

Everton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their new director of football.

Walsh arrives from Leicester having played a role in the club's stunning Premier League title success last season.

The 51-year-old, who has previously held positions at Bury, Chester and Chelsea, will start work at Everton immediately.


Leicester title win was madness - Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater says Leicester's title win proved people wrong Credit: PA

Danny Drinkwater described Leicester's season as "madness" after the champions finished 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

The midfielder, who made his England debut against Holland in March, scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on the final day of the campaign.

It meant Claudio Ranieri's Foxes finished the season with a 12-match unbeaten run since the February 14 loss at Arsenal, one of just three defeats.

The goal at Stamford Bridge, cancelling out Cesc Fabregas' penalty, was Drinkwater's second goal of the season, following his January strike against Stoke and he celebrated energetically in front of the travelling Leicester fans.

Madness. If you'd said that (we would win the title) at the start of the season everyone would be saying 'no chance'. But we've proved a hell of a lot of people wrong. I hit it clean and enjoyed the celebration.

More importantly we continued on this unbeaten run, which was perfect. We've lost three games this season, which is a reflection on how well we've done as a team.

Home and away the fans have been brilliant. They've had a lot to cheer about. Credit to them, they backed us all the way.

– Danny Drinkwater


Standing ovation for Ranieri as Chelsea fans urge Terry stay

Chelsea fans made their feelings known. Credit: PA

Chelsea fans hailed former boss Claudio Ranieri and urged skipper John Terry to stay as champions Leicester visited Stamford Bridge.

Blues players, including suspended skipper Terry, former a guard of honour for Leicester as they emerged from the tunnel.

Ranieri, who managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, was then handed a ceremonial plate by his old club while the home fans sung his name and gave him a standing ovation.

The Italian, 64, guided Chelsea to second place during his spell in charge, their highest finish for 49 years, only to eventually be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

But he returned to his old stomping ground as a Premier League champion with unfancied Leicester to face the Blues, who brought Mourinho's second stint as boss to an end in December amid a season of struggle.

Terry, who played under Ranieri, took his seat behind the dug-out as a huge banner reading 'John Terry, Proper Chelsea' was unfurled in the Shed End.

Vardy will be fit for next season - Leicester boss Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri believes striker Jamie Vardy will be fit for next season Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy will be fit for the start of next season despite the striker having an operation on his wrist this summer.

Vardy is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the upcoming European Championship, and will undergo surgery in July after the showpiece tournament in France.

The Foxes' 24-goal top scorer, who picked up the Football Writers' Player of the Season award on Thursday, broke his wrist against Aston Villa in September and has worn a blue cast on his right arm during games to avoid any further damage as Leicester romped to the Barclays Premier League title.

I think it's a little operation, then I think he'll be ready for the Community Shield. I think now (he will be fine). Afterwards I will speak to the surgery and we will see.

He has been amazing. It tells all the other non-league players, 'hey, come on, this is a good sport, good publicity for everyone. Everyone can make mistakes but if you want to do something you must believe and something can happen.

– Claudio Ranieri
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