Ranieri: Unhappy players must be professional

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Claudio Ranieri admits that while he is content to let unhappy players leave the club, it is not always easy to find replacements.

After being known as the Tinkerman during his time at Chelsea, the Leicester manager has preferred a more settled approach to his team selection in the East Midlands, leading to a small number of underutilized players.

Leonardo Ulloa, Jeffrey Schlupp and recent signing Bartosz Kapustka are three members of the Leicester team that have hardly had a look in this season.

Ultimately, Ranieri hopes all the members of his squad remain professional no matter how much game-time they see, but understands it is difficult to keep every member of his squad in high spirits if they are not playing.

He said: "I don't like to maintain players who are unhappy.

"This is my point of view – afterwards, there is the club. If someone goes, and we have to replace this or that player, we can get rid of him easily.

"But it will cost a lot of money to replace him with someone else. That is the balance we have to achieve.

"I want to help those players but at the end of the month, they take the money. They are professionals and it's a business."

He added: "There are rumours and everybody knows very well that if they are happy and want to stay with us and want to fight with us it is okay.

"If someone is not happy then they should come to me and speak and we will see what is best for the club."