Koeman tips Leicester for European success

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes champions-elect Leicester City will spring a few surprises in the Champions League next season.

The Foxes have had a remarkable 2015/16 Premier League campaign, which sees them needing just three points from their last three remaining games to clinch their maiden title.

Koeman feels Claudio Ranieri’s men can hold their own against the top European sides in the Champions League, if they manage to keep some of their star players.

“With the spirit and power they have in the team, Leicester are not going to be shown up in Europe,” Koeman told the Mirror.

“In fact, they will do well in the Champions League, even though the bigger clubs of England will have a better chance than them.

“But that will depend on how many star players Leicester will lose in the summer transfer window.

“Transfers will definitely take place, but that’s a massive compliment to the work that has been done by the club.

“And, for me, it is a big question whether [Jamie] Vardy would actually want to leave if a big club came in for him.

“Jamie has come from the very bottom part of the English league and I think, deep down in his heart, he would prefer to stay with Leicester for the rest of his career.

“He strikes me as someone who is grateful for what the club have done for him and he knows that it is not going to be easy in a different environment.”

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