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Leicester City's Claude Puel aims to keep Islam Slimani

12:24 EAT 08/01/2018
Islam Slimani Leicester City
Despite arriving the King Power Stadium on a club record fee, the forward has failed to get sufficient game time under his belt

Leicester City manager Claude Puel is looking to keep Islam Slimani at the club amid interest from Europe.

BesiktasNewcastle United and Watford are believed to be on the heels of the 29-year-old Algeria international.

Slimani joined the Foxes for a club record of € 30 million in the summer of 2016 on the back of his 31 goals across all competitions for Sporting Lisbon in the 2015-2016 season.

He has only featured in 16 outings this term scoring five goals with Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki ahead of him in the pecking order.

And after he impressed in the Foxes’ 0-0 stalemate with Fleetwood Town in Saturday’s FA Cup tie, the boss has insisted that he will like to give him more opportunity to shine at the King Power Stadium.

“This period is always difficult with speculation about different players,” Puel told Leicester Mercury.

“I am happy with Slim. He played well in the second half against Huddersfield and he needed to build on this with another opportunity (at Fleetwood).

“I think in this transfer window we need to have a look at the balance of the squad.

“For example, we have a lot of strikers and offensive players. We need to have better balance to give them more game time.”