Ranieri: 'Leicester can replace Kante'

Kante played a key role in Leicester's successful 2015-16 campaign, but opted to leave the Premier League champion in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge.

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Midfielder N'Golo Kante was an essential part of Leicester City's title winning squad.

Claudio Ranieri is confident that his side Leicester City can cope without N'Golo Kante following the Frenchman's transfer to Chelsea.

Kante played a key role in Leicester's successful 2015-16 campaign, but opted to leave the Premier League champion in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge.

Ranieri sees no reason to panic, though, and is adamant his men can replace the energetic midfielder.

"I think Kante's departure is similar to [Esteban] Cambiasso's exit last season. It was difficult to replace him, but we managed to do it," Ranieri said at a news conference. The situation is the same. Football never stands still, it always keeps going. Football continues regardless of who goes," said Ranieri.

"I think we have a very good squad. We will see if we need more players. Our chairman is ready to buy what I want or what I need. The club is working very well. We want to improve on last season. We know it is difficult, but we are ambitious," added the Italian manager.

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