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Ian Wright: Nobody would have touched Leicester squad that costs LESS than Benteke or Fellaini

Arsenal hero Ian Wright has stated that no one would have even touched Premier League champions Leicester City at the start of the season.

Leicester's status as champions of England was confirmed following Tottenham's 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Monday night and the Foxes have been widely lauded for their wonderful achievement.

Wright has also lavished Leicester with praise and has emphasised how much of an upset the triumph really is by stating that no manager would have bothered with any of the Foxes' players who collectively cost lest to assemble than to buy players such as Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini or Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala.

Wright wrote in his column for The Sun: "So picture the scene...it's a sunny pre-season day at Stamford Bridge, the Etihad, Old Trafford or the Emirates. The manager is presented with a list of Leicester's first-team squad and told: 'Take your pick, any of those players and they're yours.' What do you think the answer would have been?

"How many would have bitten your hand off for Wes Morgan, Marc Albrighton, Danny Simpson or Danny Drinkwater? Even Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez or N'Golo Kante — the unlikeliest top three for the Footballer of the Year award you'll ever see — would probably have been left untouched.

"There is every chance each one of the pre-season favourites would have said: 'Thanks, but no thanks.' Probably not the greatest of shocks, either, given Leicester were then 5,000-1 for the title.

"Fast forward nine months and you are watching the most incredible, jaw-dropping story the football gods have ever conjured up. This is a team which cost less to assemble than Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini or Eliaquim Mangala.

"That's individually, not all together. Kante arrived for less than £6million, Vardy for a sixth of that, Mahrez for £400,000.

"Plus a host of frees who went to Leicester as journeymen or cast-offs. It just shows what can be achieved by togetherness, hard work and professionalism, when you have everyone pulling the same way."

Sarad Bade Shrestha
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