Promising young winger Bartosz Kapustka has revealed that Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was a key factor in his imminent switch to the Premier League Champions.
The Poland international caught the eye of clubs around the continent with his displays at Euro 2016 but the Foxes look set to sign the 19-year-old prospect.
There were offers on the table to be considered from clubs in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain but Kapustka is firm in his conviction that the King Power is his next destination.
Bartosz Kapustka has decided his future lies with the Premier League Champions
Claudio Ranieri was a crucial motivating factor in Kapustka choosing Leicester City
The Cracovia winger told : ‘Yes, of all the offers tabled, Leicester wanted me the most.
‘Ranieri’s interest was a big factor for me. He was asking about me, he wanted me to join the team. This convinced me, but there were many factors.’
The lure of playing under Ranieri is not the only reason Kapustka has chosen Leicester and the level-headed youngster also spoke about the importance of regular game-time.
The 19-year-old Polish winger starred at Euro 2016 for his country, reaching the quarter-finals
If Leicester manage to get Kapustka over the line he will join £18million man Ahmed Musa (right)
‘I’m not going there only because of the name of the club, or because they won the Premier League. I’m optimistic and think I have a real chance of playing time.’
If the Premier League champions decide to part with a reported £7.5million to land Telewizja Kapustka, he will join Ahmed Musa who signed for £18m from CSKA Moscow.
The Foxes have also crucially managed to hang onto most of their key players from last season though N’Golo Kante could not resist the temptation of playing under Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
The Foxes have an immediate chance at silverware in the FA Community Shield on August 7
The decision of Jamie Vardy to snub outside interest and remain at the King Power was a huge boost for Leicester and may have acted as a catalyst for others to join him, with Riyad Mahrez also still at the club.
Ranieri’s men were comfortably beaten 4-0 by French champions Paris Saint-Germain in their latest pre-season outing in the International Champions Cup.
The Foxes will look to bounce back against Manchester United in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on August 7.