Chelsea have signed midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m. The 27-year-old was a key part of the Foxes side that won the Premier League in 2015-16, but asked to leave the club amid interest from the Blues. Chelsea have also signed defender Davide Zappacosta from Torino on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. However, striker Fernando Llorente opted for Tottenham instead of a move to Stamford Bridge. And Everton midfielder Ross Barkley changed his mind about joining Antonio Conte's side. Leicester expect to confirm the signing of Adrien Silva, 28, from Sporting Lisbon on Friday for £22m as a midfield replacement. Drinkwater played in 35 of Leicester's 38 league games in their title-winning season and formed an impressive midfield partnership with N'G
Riyad Mahrez has been allowed to leave the Algeria squad to "formalize" his move from Leicester City, according to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF). The 26-year-old has been the subject of three bids from Italian club Roma since expressing his desire to leave the 2015-16 Premier League champions. The FAF said he had been given permission to miss training to agree a deal before the transfer deadline. Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be interested. Roma's third bid was reported to be £32m and the club have said they are now looking at other options. A statement from the FAF said Mahrez "was authorized by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalize on Thursday his transfer to
Middlesbrough have sacked manager Aitor Karanka after three and a half years at the club. Boro are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and currently sit in the relegation zone, three points from safety with 11 games remaining. They are also the league's lowest scorers with just 19 goals and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City last weekend. Assistant head coach Steve Agnew will take control of the first team. "This club will always hold a special place for me," said Karanka, 43. "I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for a wonderful opportunity and the players, staff and all the people at the club who I have worked with." The former Real Madrid assistant manager took over at the Riverside in November 2013 to become Middlesbrough's first ever non-British b
Leicester City have reached the last eight of this season's Champions League after beating Spanish side Sevilla 2-0 in the second leg. The Foxes wrote another chapter in their remarkable story as they overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Sevilla and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on a night of raw passion at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes looked in trouble after a 2-1 first-leg loss in Spain that was the catalyst for the sacking of Claudio Ranieri the manager who had guided them into this competition after winning the Premier League nine months ago. Now, with Ranieri gone and Craig Shakespeare in charge, Leicester have been transformed, and they were on their way to another spectacular triumph when captain Wes Morgan bundled them into a first-half lead. It put Lei...
Leicester City have announced that manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked. The 65-year-old's position has come under increasing scrutiny this season, with Leicester unable to get close to the standards they hit in last term's remarkable Premier League title triumph. The Foxes have lost seven of their last nine matches, including Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Sevilla, while a return of just five wins in 25 league matches has left them one point above the relegation zone. And despite the more encouraging performance in Wednesday's 2-1 loss, the club have decided to part company with the manager who led them to title gloriously nine months ago. "Leicester City Football Club has tonight [Thursday] parted company with its first team Manager, Claudio Ran
Ghanaian players Christian Atsu and Daniel Amartey has been named in the CAF Team of the 2017 AFCON for their performance in the competition. The Black Stars placed fourth in the just ended tournament but both players has been recognized by the officials for their outstanding display in the soccer festival. Leicester City's Daniel Amartey and Newcastle's winger Christian Atsu were named among the eleven best players at the tournament following their outstanding performance for coach Avram Grant’s side. Below are the full list of players Goalkeeper: Fabrice ONDOA (Cameroon) Defenders: Modou Kara MBODJI (Senegal), Ahmed HEGAZY (Egypt), Michael NGADEU (Cameroon) Midfielders: Charles KABORE (Burkina Faso), Daniel AMARTEY (Ghana), Bertrand TRAORE (Burkina Fa
Leicester City manager Claudio Raneiri has revealed that defender Jeffrey Schlupp was not happy with his situation at the club. The Ghanaian rights back joined Crystal Palace on Friday afternoon after signing a four and half-year deal. And Claudio Raneiri has revealed that it was right for the player to leave after growing tired on bench. "I spoke with him, he spoke with the club. Of course, he is not happy. "He is a fantastic man, a fantastic player, and I said if he wants to go, he can go. "But also after this is the money. It has to be right for the club. If the right money arrives then he can go. "He has he told us he wants to go and that is normal. Schlupp failed to win his place in the team's first eleven after returning from an injury which kept him out for
Black Stars defender Jeffrey Schlupp has completed his long awaited move to Crystal Palace from Leicester City for a fee in the region of £12.5m on a four-and-a-half-year contract. Palace saw off interest from West Brom and Aston Villa to sign the Ghanaian, who rarely featured in the Leicester first team under Claudio Ranieri this season. Palace boss Sam Allardyce said "I am delighted we have been able to secure Jeffrey's services, he is a player I have admired for some time and is a talented and athletic player. "He will bring strength and experience to the defence and will be a major asset for the club having just turned 24-years-old. The 24 - year - old came through the Leicester city's Academy after impressing officials of the club's senior team.
Ghanaian players in the English Premier league will be in action today as there is no place for them in the festive holidays. Jeffery Schlupp is inline to be handed a starting role by Claudio Raneiri in today’s English Premier game against Everton while Daniel Amartey is expected to maintain his starting place in the team. Black Stars deputy skipper Andre Ayew is hoping for a starting role when he returns to his former team Swansea City as West ham take on the Wales side. Ayew has been in and out of the first eleven since returning from injury but is hopeful for a starting role in today's game. In the championships, Ghanaian duo of Albert Adoma and Jordan Ayew will be in action when Aston Villa take on Burton Albion at the villa park. Both players are expecting to be ha
The English Premier League teams will miss some of their key players to the 2017 African Nations Cup slated for Gabon. Leicester could be the hardest hit ahead ahead of the departure of several stars for the January African Cup of Nations competition in Gabon. Players including Ghanaian duo Jeffery Schlupp, Daniel Amartey, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Yohan Benaloaune of Tunisia will all be away playing for their countries in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Most English Premier League teams will miss most of their stars but it looks like the biggest to suffer the hit is English champions Leicester city. The foxes could lose up to five players to the biggest football festival on the African continent. Arsenal will also miss the services of Mohamed El