Claude Puel celebrates his first anniversary in Leicester - but why does he always feel so close?

Claude Puel celebrates his first anniversary in Leicester - but why does he always feel so close?

BThe 57-year-old has undoubtedly made courageous decisions, with the exception of defending champions Andy King and Danny Simpson, and defenders Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic (the latter was loaned to Celtic) despite the summer signings.

Christian Fuchs, another hero of the 2015/16 season, was retired for the upcoming Chilwell and Marc Albrighton is no longer a regular starter. These are the ugly jobs that other managers might have resisted.

"I do not know if it was the best time to come to Leicester because the club needed to evolve," Puel said. "The players who won the Premier League were valuable to the team and the fans, but we needed to improve.

"Leicester was successful and won the title without much experience and strategy.

"It was fantastic, but the important question was," is it possible to reproduce this achievement for another year using the same ingredients? "It's not possible for me, we had to do something strong."

It is these thoughts that Puel intelligently conveys in the King Power player lounge that will please the Remainers. Over an hour in his company showed him another side that you rarely see.

The future seems bright for Leicester, with a core of young players attuned to the experiences of Maguire, Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel.

Demarai Gray will soon be out of injury and Harvey Barnes is one of the most outstanding players in the West Bromwich Albion championship.

Leicester also plans to move to a new £ 100 million training facility and owners have been generous and fully engaged since taking over in 2010.

But Poul's position remains the elephant in the room, a source of uncertainty. The debate on his future seems certain to continue should Leicester win, lose or draw at Arsenal on Monday night.


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