Claudio Ranieri expects Leonardo Ulloa to play for Leicester again

By dsguser
03 February 2017

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes Leonardo Ulloa will back down over his strike threat.

The forward handed in a transfer request last month to try to force a move from the King Power Stadium.

On Monday he also tweeted saying that he would not play for the club again because he felt "betrayed" by Ranieri.

Ulloa, 30, believes he merited a new deal after helping the Foxes win the Premier League last season and has been frustrated having started just once in the top flight this season.

He is currently out with a thigh injury, meaning he will miss Sunday's visit of Manchester United, but Ranieri expects he will play for the club again once he is fit.

"Why not? He'll play, he's a professional 100 per cent, don't worry," he said.

"He is a good team-mate and they (the squad) are happy. The situation is a normal situation, we didn't want to sell him.

"Of course he is frustrated because he wanted to play and go but he is a fantastic man, a good player but he is also a good professional player. Sooner or later when he is ready he will have the chance to play.

"I know he tried to say everything and wanted to push hard (to go) but it's OK."

Islam Slimani is out with a groin injury with Leicester just two points above the relegation zone and they could drop into the bottom three if results go against them on Saturday.

And Ranieri urged his team, who are yet to score a league goal in 2017, to keep battling following Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley where Sam Vokes appeared to handle before scoring a late winner.

He added: "They have to fight for Leicester not for me. Everybody is fighting, we lost in the 87th minute and you know how we lost but we fight until the end.

"The pressure is split to everybody. All my players want to win. Then the pressure is on the manager, always, but it's not my first year as a manager."

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