Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater steps up pre-season preparation

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  • Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater is preparing for new season
  • England international was key to Foxes’ Premier League title win last term
  • Drinkwater is not rushing into signing a new contract at Leicester
  • Anchorman signed a four-year deal worth £40,000-a-week in 2014
  • He is not dwelling on his omission from England’s final Euro 2016 squad 
  • Read: Leicester open talks to renew Claudio Ranieri’s contract

Rohan Banerjee For Mailonline

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been hard at work during the club’s pre-season tour of the USA and posted a video of himself swinging on monkey bars on the beach in Santa Monica, California.

The Foxes, who stunned the football world to win the Premier League last season in one of the sport’s greatest-ever underdog success stories, were beaten 4-0 in their International Champions Cup friendly by Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. 

Leicester are struggling to keep hold of their key players after winning the title last term, with N’Golo Kante having joined Chelsea in a £30million deal while Riyad Mahrez is being courted by Arsenal. 

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is stepping up his preparations for the new season

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is stepping up his preparations for the new season

The 26-year-old played the second-half of the Foxes' 4-0 friendly loss to Paris Saint-Germain

The 26-year-old played the second-half of the Foxes’ 4-0 friendly loss to Paris Saint-Germain

Drinkwater played a key role in Leicester's shock Premier League title triumph last season

Drinkwater played a key role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title triumph last season

Drinkwater remains relaxed over new contract talks and won't force the issue with the club

Drinkwater remains relaxed over new contract talks and won’t force the issue with the club

Key midfielder Drinkwater, who played the second-half of the defeat by PSG, is keen to commit his long-term future to the King Power Stadium.

The England international admitted, however, he was not going to force the issue after having signed a new four-year deal worth £40,000-a-week in 2014. 

‘I’m not going to go chasing the club for that,’ he said. ‘That’s up to them to approach me. I’d love to commit.

‘Then again I just want to play football. I still have two years left on my current contract. It is not the be all and end all if I don’t sign a new one in the next two weeks.’ 

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a move for Drinkwater this summer, but the  26-year-old remains focused. 

He has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham but won't be distracted by speculation

He has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham but won’t be distracted by speculation

Drinkwater is relishing the prospect of playing in the Champions League with the Foxes 

Drinkwater is relishing the prospect of playing in the Champions League with the Foxes 

Drinkwater added: ‘I’m still under contract so I can’t really say too much but I’m a Leicester City player at the minute. It’s up to them how they handle it.’

The former Manchester United trainee, meanwhile, is not beating himself up too badly about missing former England boss Roy Hodgon’s final squad for Euro 2016.

‘If there was something I could have done more to get in the squad I would have done it, but I am not sure there was,’ he explained. 

‘Roy pulled me into a room and explained the situation and I understood what he was saying. I was disappointed but there was nothing I could have done by that stage.’

Drinkwater has not allowed himself to dwell on his omission from England's Euro 2016 squad

Drinkwater has not allowed himself to dwell on his omission from England’s Euro 2016 squad

 

  

 

 

 

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