It will be more than gamblers who ‘cash in’ if/when Leicester City win the Premier League title – two of the most important figures in the club’s remarkable rise to the top of the table are going to reap the financial rewards as well, namely manager Claudio Ranieri and star attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez.
According to the Telegraph, Ranieri will be offered a £3 million-a-year deal to stay at King Power Stadium long term – double what he is currently making in his first year with the club. As for Mahrez, who this past week was named PFA Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and 11 assists for Leicester City, he is expected to get a pay raise from an estimated £55,000-a-week to upwards of £75,000-a-week.
Ranieri is considered a lock to be named PFA Manager of the Season with the most wins and fewest losses in the league as of writing – not to mention a five-point lead over second-place Tottenham Hotspur with only three weeks left to go.
The Italian manager replaced Nigel Pearson this summer despite a disappointing term as manager of Greece and was immediately given the highest sack odds by bookmakers prior to the start of his debut campaign for the Foxes.
Unfortunately, the whole of the team is unlikely to be kept intact as star midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to see his £20 million release clause met this summer.
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