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Ranieri: Our recruitment is very good

SUNDERLAND LEICESTER CITY

 

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has defended the Foxes' recruitment policy as the champions battle relegation.

The Premier League winners are just two points above the bottom three despite spending over £60million (S$108m) in the summer.

After their shock title victory, the club broke their transfer record three times by spending £13m on Nampalys Mendy from Nice, £16.6m on CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa and then splashing out £30m on deadline day to sign Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.

Mendy has not played since August after suffering an ankle injury, while Musa has started just five times in the league and only Slimani, with five goals in 10 games, has made an impact.

Summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler has replaced the injured Kasper Schmeichel in goal on two separate occasions and has kept just one clean sheet, conceding 16 goals in eight games.

"The recruitment is very good but, of course, it's not always certain when you bring new players that they start very well," he said, ahead of tonight's trip to Sunderland.

"If you saw Riyad (Mahrez), he started (playing well) in the second year, the first year was normal. If he needed six or seven months, then imagine the others. But the recruitment and the system of the recruitment I'm happy with." - PA Sport

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