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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


Ranieri demands more from Mahrez this season

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told Riyad Mahrez he must improve after the winger committed his future to the east midlands club.

The Algeria international penned a new four-year deal on Wednesday to end transfer speculation having been heavily linked to Arsenal.

Mahrez is staying with Leicester for now. Credit: PA

The Gunners come to the champions on Saturday having also failed to persuade Jamie Vardy to quit Leicester and move to north London.

Ranieri said: "We are now in the Champions League and we need something more to play against the big teams. Now he knows very well what I want and my expectations are higher. Not only for Riyad but for all my players.

"I was so sure (he would stay), it was only speculation with first Vardy and then Mahrez and we only lost (N'Golo) Kante. Now it's important to stay together.

"We spoke together last season and in pre-season and he told me he wanted to stay. Speculation is normal.

"I want to keep our big players, that's normal. Our owner is very ambitious, he wants to maintain the same squad. It's normal other managers are looking at Leicester players, there's no message - we are building and want to stay together.

"He signed for four years, me too because I want to build. He wants to build something, Jamie wants to, Kasper (Schmeichel), everybody. It is good."

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Morgan: Leicester can defy odds to defend title

Wes Morgan is confident Leicester can defend the Premier League title. Credit: PA

Leicester captain Wes Morgan believes his side can defy the odds again by defending their Premier League title.

The Foxes' 5000/1 success last year captured the nation's imagination but they once again find themselves behind the division's traditional heavyweights in the pre-season betting.

Morgan, though, insists there is no lack of belief in the dressing room.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester United, Morgan told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek: "Last season no-one thought it was possible and we did that, so why not? We're defending champions, we're full of confidence, we know what we're capable of.

"On our day we are capable of beating anyone so I don't see we can't go ahead and do it again.

"We're going to have to be ready for the onslaught, so to speak, but that's to be expected as defending champions. We'll be ready when the time comes."


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.

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