Ranieri wouldn’t swap Ibramovich, Rooney, Martial for Leicester forwards

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri insists he would not swap his forward line for any of Manchester United’s attackers.


The Foxes go to Old Trafford on Saturday with Ranieri confident his strikeforce can outshine United’s.

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Club record €35 million signing Islam Slimani scored twice on his debut in last week’s 3-0 win over Burnley while Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals in their Premier League title win last season.

Riyad Mahrez also won the PFA Player of the Year award after netting 17 times and Ranieri insisted he would always prefer his frontline to Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial.

“I love my players and I don’t change them for other players. I’m very pleased with them and we think we can do a very good season this season,” he said.

“Rooney is an amazing player. He’s a champion. I don’t know [whether Rooney would be in his team], I love my players, and I don’t change my players with anybody else.

“The three have different attributes, they are different players. The football is different, they play one shape, we play another shape.”


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