Leicester manager Claude Puel revealed he tried and failed to sign Foxes winger Demarai Gray while he was Southampton boss last season.
“I saw him last season in the under-21 games and he can play in different positions for me,” he told the Leicester Mercury.
“I wanted him before when I was at Southampton but I am happy he is in the colours of Leicester and that I found him in my squad because he is a valuable player for the team.”
He showed the quality to control the ball and the play, but also to turn to take space because of his pace. His passing is good and he can create opportunities for Jamie and his team-mates.”
Gray’s performances have led to speculation he could be in line for a call-up to the full England squad, but Puel has told the young player to just focus on his City career.
“Time will tell whether he will play for England,” said Puel.
“The most important thing is to continue like this and then after it will be down to Gareth Southgate. He is just at the beginning of his career and he needs to keep working with a positive attitude.”