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02 May 2016 23:15:07
Well done Leicester City, amazing achievement.

Enjoy the ride of the champions league!! Hope you can bring a few of the European elite back down to earth next season.

Congratulations

GGK LFC.

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02 May 2016 23:00:56
Congratulations Leicester City on completing the most incredible achievement in English Football, and possibly in the world.

Good luck next season and in the Champions League, enjoy every minute of it.

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02 May 2016 23:00:40
Well done Leicester, quite simply, brilliant! Enjoy the CL next season!

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02 May 2016 22:35:39
Just like to offer Leicester City and all you fans the warmest of congratulations on your amazing achievement in winning the Premier League, I've been around a long time and never dreamt that I would see the day when something like this would happen and Mark Selby just winning the snooker World Championship to cap it all off, what a day for your great city, so enjoy what you have and stay proud ( I'm sure every Scouser feels the same but please take it easy on the blue half at the weekend) :-)

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30 apr 2016 22:56:26
good luck leicester on winning premier league from a glasgow rangers fan.this is stuff dreams are made of.do it for the fans

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01 May 2016 19:09:52
Everton fan here aswell thanks for keeping me interested in the prem this season been looking at your results before my own these days so good luck for the next two games

02 May 2016 22:08:57
Rangers fan here aswell well done on the season. One if the biggest sporting achievements in history great team great squad and great fans.

26 Apr 2016 22:24:28
Just like to say hope you beat man u and win the league as you deserve it big congratulations from an arsenal fan

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24 Apr 2016 20:25:13
A small town club purely on their abilities and belief taking down the whole country on their knees. A fairytale story progressed to one of the finest footballing display in recent times.
And how good the management responds to the on-field success, Free drinks and many more as complimentary on match day.

You fall in love with their emotions, attitude and belief to succeed.

You'll never walk alone Leicester.

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17 Apr 2016 23:41:16
Just want to say best of luck from at lot of Liverpool fans.

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26 Apr 2016 05:46:02
Including this one. .an inspiration to us all that teamwork, good coaching, belief and consistent hard work can overcome incredible odds. It's a club for the fans, and you've won a lot more this season!

I hope you do well next season, and come second to Liverpool's win!

12 Apr 2016 10:04:43
So Ed002 is it possible Leicester could get relegated over the FFP issues?

{Ed002's Note - An interesting question and we all hope not of course; but there are some potentially very significant issues.

There has been an ongoing investigation regarding Liecester City's FFP accounting and a potentially very serious breach of the regulations, if proven. In simple terms, the club accounted for an increase in income for selling some regional marketing rights for the club to a third party for around £11M (a vast number for a Championship side) thereby reducing their losses to an acceptable amount. This would be the 13/14 season and it was a transaction that attracted a lot of attention and complaints from a number of other sides - but there was no immediate action. The accounts for 14/15 note that the third party then sold these rights to King Power - a company owned and run by the owner of Leicester City, Thai Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Surely not? Yes.

At this point the whole matter was opened up again by the Football League who requested clarification over a number of matters - which Leicester has provided. The reason that this matter will now become high profile is that the third party who sat in the middle of all of this has refused to answer any questions at all. It is a one man and his dog orgainisation called Trestellar - owned by the son of Sir Dave Richards, Chairman of The FA (and his dog Larry). Conservative MP Damian Collins has suggested that the answers to all questions thus far asked should be made public. I am sure his intentions are right but I am not so sure he has a grasp of the situation at this point.

So, if proven, a transfer ban would be the very least Leicester could expect. Potentially it could be a great deal worse. Certainly Richards is now in a publically awkward position that has so far been kept rather quiet. An independent reporter, a wire service and The Guardian are going to run with this story so it will become a little higher profile.}

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20 Mar 2016 04:01:57
Hey Ed,
I know it's only mid-March but has there been any interest shown in N'Golo Kante? For me he's been an absolute revalation and could walk into almost any team in Europe on the performances from this season. As always thanks for your time!

{Ed001's Note - lots, but Leicester are not interested in talking to anyone about him right now and he is not interested in any offers right now either. There are a whole raft of scouts at every Leicester game watching him and Mahrez.}

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21 Mar 2016 03:14:18
That really doesn't surprise me. I can't put into words how impressive he's been every single time I've watched him play this season. Do you think he'd be inclined to stick around at Leicester next year barring an offer from a truly elite team (Real, Bayern, Barca) ?

{Ed001's Note - it is really impossible to say, as his head may well be turned when the big offers come in, which is likely. They do have a great team spirit, should be in the Champions League, so there is a chance they will hold on to him. A lot, in my opinion, will come down to who they go for in the summer. If they aren't strengthening for European competition, then I can see a few taking the offers, as they will know the only way is down without some quality brought in.}

21 Mar 2016 11:36:12
Very fair. Would you say most every major European team is interested?

{Ed001's Note - pretty much yes, Barcelona have regular scouts there, for instance.}

21 Mar 2016 13:58:36
Goodness. It's bad enough you can't get the ball off of them, now you can't keep the ball either. .

06 Mar 2016 20:09:11
hi ed
will leicester be able to keep mahrez another year, or is he likely to leave and who would be interested? thanks

{Ed002's Note - If the right offer arrives for him and the club he will leave. Right now there does not appear to be any firm interest.}

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06 Mar 2016 20:51:12
thanks ed

31 Jan 2016 16:00:28
Media reporting interest/bid for loic remy. Any truth in this?

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19 Jan 2016 17:09:53
Eds are there any clubs interested in taking Kramaric either on loan or permanently?

{Ed002's Note - Andrej Kramaric is regretting his move to Leicester but whist his agent knows of "more than 10" clubs who will fight for his signature. Hoffenheim, Lyon, Sampdoria and Torino - perhaps on a loan to buy deal - seem the most viable}

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06 Jan 2016 20:45:17
Hi Ed, what clubs are interested in Jamie Vardy?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any clubs declaring an interest in him and CR has made it clear there is no point in approaching Leicester about him as he is not for sale.}

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06 Jan 2016 21:22:19
Thanks Ed

06 Jan 2016 21:23:26
Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea are all interested in him.

{Ed001's Note - no they are not.}

09 Dec 2015 14:45:47
Leicester are reported to be after Demarai Gray again. they will reportedly look to sign him then loan him back for the rest of the season. Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested.

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08 Dec 2015 01:47:27
Hi ed02,

Can you give an update about Mahrez situation?. Could he be available next window? any interest from bpl big clubs?.
Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approaches to Leicester regarding Mahrez and I am not of the opinion that they would be open to selling in January unless a ridiculous offer were made.}

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08 Dec 2015 05:40:27
Thanks Ed, much appreciated

01 Dec 2015 11:19:58
Jamie Vardy has told the club that he wants to move - he has been unsettled since the summer - now that his form has captured attention, he feels that he has the chance / opportunity to move on.

One PL club has already approached Leicester but were warned off despite a £10 million (payable over 2 years) opening bid. Even though Leicester played hard-ball, its worth noting that Leicester are already scouting for replacement forwards across the continent.

Its no surprise that Kramaric will move on during 2015 but the indications are that Riyad Mahrez will also quietly request a move.

Neither Vardy nor Mahrez will actually submit a transfer request and risk losing their loyalty bonuses. Few players submit formal requests nowadays but they do tell clubs that they want to move. Vardy has already done so and Mahrez will soon.

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09 Dec 2015 14:42:42
This is complete rubbish. I don't believe this for a second. Vardy is settled at the moment as is Mahrez. There is little chance that either will leave during the January window.

31 Dec 2015 01:39:34
Mahrez's agent says he's not going and vardys has said he's happy and staying why would he leave a team that's joint top of the prem?

03 Mar 2016 15:47:01
Just having a little look on here from the usual pool page.

I was chatting to my mates about this last night. Not sure really what the situations with Vardy and Mahrez are. But we all agreed it would be nice if Leicester won the League kept JV and RM and strengthened with additional players just to set an example to all the other clubs in the prem you don't need to spend millions.

Though like i said not sure what interest and stuff like that is in the players so how likely that would be!

28 Nov 2015 22:38:10
Today was Vardy's and Leicester's day, despite the draw, but I want to congratulate you guys on the milestone that Jamie achieved today.
I personally felt extremely proud to see an English man breaking a scoring record, despite the fact that the team I support released him as a youth player, ouch.
Every week when I watch MOTD, the team I that am excited to see are Leicester with the sheer speed and physical attributes.
Keep up the good work, and maybe with a bit of luck, we will meet in the premiership during the next few years.
BTW, can we have him back?

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13 Nov 2015 16:50:10
Arkadiusz Milik only joined Ajax on a permanent basis in April this year and already they have rejected offers from both RB Leipzig and Augsburg and have told other interested clubs (Olympic Marseille, Leicester and Real Sociedad) that he is not for sale.

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07 Oct 2015 15:49:50
Season So Far.
Andre Kramaric is apparently upset at the lack of opportunities at Leicester so far this season. The 9million rated Croatian International has only been given 15 minutes of premier league action so far in Leicester's opening 8 games. With the preferred front pairing of Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy reaping rewards early on, and with 'forgotten man' Leonardo Ulloa often preferred coming from the bench as an impact substitute, Kramaric may indeed have to look for a move at Christmas (possibly on loan) to get more first team action. His only first team competitive action this year has been courtesy of the Carling Cup where despite scoring one goal in his two appearances, he has been outshone by young fox Joseph Dodoo who has scored four goals including a hat trick in the same fixtures.

With Leicester City's wingers Jeff Schlupp, Marc Albrighton and Riyhad Mahrez having also caught the eye so far this term, it seems unlikely that Leicester would be looking to bring in additional reinforcements in wide positions - especially having secured Nathan Dyer on a season long loan from Swansea in the last transfer window; rumours therefore that former Inter Milan winger Eziqiuel Schellotto (26) is being lined up on a free transfer and that Leicester may again approach Portugal's Sporting with an improved 15 million euro for Peruvian winger Andre Carillo (24), have fanned the flames of rumours that Arsenal are readying a Christmas window bid of around 20 million for Leicester's 24 year old Algerian ace. Mahrez has been one of the star performers of the premier league to date and has scored 5 goals and created as many for team mates in just 8 appearances reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona along the way. Despite this, the 20 million pound tag would be all the more amazing as he has only one full premier league season under his belt and Leicester City themselves only secured his services two seasons ago for a bargain £450,000. If Arsenal come knocking with sufficient money, the addition of Schellotto or Carillo could persuade Claudio Ranieri to let the young star leave.

The big change for Leicester this season however has been in the centre of midfield where the departure of influential Argentian ace Esteban Cambiasso during the summer left the manager and the fans seriously concerned about their lack of combative and creative guile in the centre of the pitch. Last season's ever present partner for Cambiasso, young Matty James, was a shrewd capture from Man Utd the season before and whilst proven in their Championship promotion season, he lacked experience at Premiership level. After a nightmare injury however towards the end of last term, James remains side lined until at least Christmas and Leicester's midfield options at the start of the campaign looked stark. Danny Drinkwater, another Man Utd graduate had featured heavily in the promotion campaign but failed to command a first team berth last season whilst Dean Hammond, another of Leicester's journeymen (Brighton, Colchester, Southampton) had provided cover on a number of occasions last season but had not given any indication that a premier league midfield could be built with him pulling the strings. Leicester's other home-grown option, Andy King, has been at the club for his whole career but was in danger of being overlooked as Leicester's Thai duty-free billionaire Rasiaksorn family owners having pledged 'big money' to avoid another relegation scrap. There ensued plenty of media speculation which culminated in the purchase of 24 year old French midfielder N'Golo Kante and 31 year old Swiss international captain Gokhan Inler at a cost of 5.5million each, but only after Leicester had played the first two games with Drinkwater and King showing enough to make it difficult for Claudio Ranieri to replace them in the next few games.

Rather than in the attacking third as largely expected, the area of concern for Leicester fans this season has been their inability to keep a clean sheet. In their opening eight games Leicester have conceded 15 goals and whilst they have ample experience within their ranks in Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Marcin Wasilewski and Christian Fuchs (combined 126 years and 169 caps between them), their inability to keep a clean sheet in any of their league or cup games so far has only failed to generate any real concern due to their apparent ability to outscore opponents. Whilst Leicester have bags of pace going forward, they are static and vulnerable at the back; indeed if City are looking to bring in any new players during the Christmas period, perhaps a full back with pace would be in order. Cheeky and congenial Italian Claudio Ranieri has in fact reportedly offered to buy his current charges a pizza lunch should they manage to keep a clean sheet and he could be forgiven for looking behind his back line nervously too as they also lack qualified cover between the posts. Whilst first choice Kaspar Schmeicel has notional cover in Mark Schwarzer, the 43 year old Australian stopper is well passed his best and might struggle if pressed into a period of enforced appearances.
Who would you sign and why?

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