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Leicester City loan Kramaric to Hoffenheim

Andrej Kramaric is on the move. Credit: PA

Leicester have loaned out club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to struggling Hoffenheim for the rest of the season.

Much was expected of the 24-year-old striker when the Foxes beat Chelsea to the striker's signature last January, paying Rijeka £9.5m.

However, Kramaric has struggled to find his feet in England and will now spend the rest of the season at the side bottom of the Bundesliga table.

The Croatia international said: "I'm very excited about this chapter with TSG and the Bundesliga and want to play my part in keeping the team up."

Kramaric has made just five appearances this season for the Foxes, with his only goal coming in a 4-1 League Cup win at Bury.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri understands the striker's desperation to get first-team football, especially with Croatia playing at Euro 2016 this summer.

"Andrej has the European Championships to think about this summer, so it's important for him that he has the opportunity to play," Ranieri said.


FA dismisses talk of 18-team Premier League

The Premier League will stay at 20 teams. Credit: PA

The Football Association insists it has no plans to ask the Premier League to reduce the number of teams in its division to 18 despite reports that the 20-club top flight was in line for a shake-up.

England's less-than-impressive record in major international tournaments since the Premier League's inception back in 1992 has often led to calls for reform in order to help the national side flourish on the big stage.

The most notable suggestion has been the introduction of a winter break, in line with other top European leagues, but on Saturday the Times claimed that FA chairman Greg Dyke was set to speak to Richard Scudamore, the executive chairman of the Premier League, about cutting two teams from its division.

World Cup holders Germany have a similar model, with the Bundesliga currently contested by 18 teams, but an FA spokesman said the governing body was not about to ask the Premier League to follow suit.

"The FA has no plans to call for a reduction in the number of teams in the Premier League," said the spokesman.

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