Enzo Maresca promises to lead Leicester’s Premier League campaign

Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca

Leicester win the Championship with Maresca, left, at the helm – Plumb Images

Enzo Maresca is planning a Premier League move with Leicester City after assuring senior officials of his commitment to the club.

The manager will reject offers from European clubs this summer to focus fully on establishing Championship title winners back in the top division.

Despite leading the club to promotion, there have been some doubts over the 44-year-old Italian’s future with the club being punished for breaching financial rules.

Leicester were charged by the Premier League for an alleged breach of the Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) in March and could start the new season with a points deduction.

That uncertainty has alerted clubs to Maresca’s availability, with Sevilla, Porto and other clubs abroad monitoring the former Manchester City manager ahead of the 2024-25 season.

However, Maresca held talks with Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha during a post-season trip to Monaco and is in advanced talks over plans for the summer.

Leicester are completing a pre-season training camp in Europe and Maresca have offered new contracts for goalscorer Jamie Vardy and Denmark international Jannik Vestergaard.

Abdul Fatawa, on loan from Sporting, is ready to complete a permanent move this summer for around £14m.

Leicester are under a transfer embargo imposed by the Football League for alleged PSR breaches. That embargo restricts clubs from negotiating new contracts, but the ban will be lifted next month and Leicester are likely to accelerate talks then.

Vardy is expected to sign a new 12-month contract after initial talks with the club’s hierarchy.

The former England international will turn 38 in January, but has underlined his importance to Maresca’s side in the final months of the season.

Maresca has also insisted that Vardy be offered new terms and a deal is said to be close.

Vestergaard is also ready to sign a new contract after revitalizing his career at Leicester over the past 12 months under the Italian.

Manchester City defender Callum Doyle and Galatasaray winger Yunus Akgun will return to their parent clubs after loan deals.

Leicester also have to make decisions on the futures of a number of other out-of-contract players.

Marc Albrighton, one of the club’s few winners in 2015/16, is set to leave, while the futures of Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Dennis Praet are also uncertain.

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