Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he was never concerned Riyad Mahrez would leave Leicester in the summer.
There was speculation that Mahrez would quit the Foxes to join Arsenal.
But Foxes boss Ranieri said today: “Never did he suggest he wanted to go to Arsenal. We were pleased to keep hold of our players, we made something special last season and we wanted to keep everybody.”
”Only one went out, that is okay. I am very happy with all my players. The new, to the experienced, everybody.
“It wasn’t so difficult to persuade Riyad to sign. I explained what our project is, he is one of our main players, and he is happy with us.”
Ranieri admitted he may rotate his squad at Chelsea on Saturday ahead of Leicester’s next Champions League group game at home to FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
That could mean England midfielder Danny Drinkwater being rested at Stamford Bridge despite being fit again after a groin injury.