Chelsea step up pursuit of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater


Antonio Conte appears to have cooled his interest in Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater after the Premier League champions failed to make a second bid for the England midfielder, reports The Telegraph.

Drinkwater featured in Europe's premier club competition last season after helping Leicester win the 2015/16 Premier League title. While that valuation is apparently well above Chelsea's own valuation of a player who would at most fill in as a rotational player, given the current market conditions and Chelsea's need for reinforcements, now is not the time to penny-pinch.

"You know when you have good players there might be an interest in them".

"We were in the bottom half for most of the season so this season we don't want to be there again". You have to deal with reality but also keep a calmness about you as well'.

Drinkwater is now out of action with injury and was not involved in Leicester's Premier League opening-day defeat to Arsenal on Friday night.

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Giroud's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.

Roma have been heavily linked with Mahrez, who had asked Leicester to be sold and spoke in positive terms about the Giallorossi, but Shakespeare made it clear his club would not be bullied into selling any of their stars.

The France global came off the bench to head home in the 85th minute as the Gunners kicked off the Premier League season with a thrilling 4-3 win.

"We were quite good a year ago on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

Despite the rumours surrounding the 26-year-old, Shakespeare said he had trained well and remained in contention to be included on Friday.

"He hasn't given me one problem where I've had to pull him to the side and say, 'Oi, pull your finger out.' Until we get a bid that is reasonable for Leicester, he will stay".