Kante does not want summer transfer

LONDON • Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante has insisted that he is happy at the Premier League champions -"for now".

The 25-year-old played a huge part in the English football club securing their first top-flight title against all the odds, having joined from Caen for £5.6 million (S$11.2 million) in early August, and was nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award, which went to his team-mate Riyad Mahrez.

Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have all been linked with the Paris-born player.

However Kante, who is part of Didier Deschamps' France squad for Euro 2016, has stated his desire to remain at the King Power Stadium, albeit in somewhat lukewarm fashion.

"For now, I am happy at Leicester," he told L'Equipe. "I do not pay too much attention to everything that is said. For now, I am in Leicester and I focus on the Euros.

"I think that my season at Leicester surprised everybody. People liked to see a new Premier League champion. We had a magnificent season and then my debut with France went well. Maybe my journey also helps compared to other people who come from amateur football.

"I try to stay the same. I am not aware that my personality is different."

Meanwhile, Leicester are close to signing the Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler as back-up for Kasper Schmeichel, with Mark Schwarzer and Ben Hamer expected to leave this summer.

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