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Leicester scouting chief MacKenzie: We twice tried for Milik

Leicester City scouting chief Rob MacKenzie admits they were close to signing Arek Milik as a teen.

MacKenzie spoke with the Leicester Mercury about their use of technology in scouting.

“Another one was Arkadiusz Milik, who we tried to sign twice. The first time when he was playing in Poland aged 18. He was over achieving. We declared an interest and we watched him.

“He went to Bayer Leverkusen who were a bigger club at the time. We took it on the chin, but then we tried again when he became available. Steve and Nigel flew to Germany to try to convince him to come to Leicester, initially on loan with a view to buy.

“Unfortunately, he chose Ajax and their tradition and pedigree.

“Now he has joined Napoli for £28 million. He fitted into the model of young, up and coming players who are positive with momentum in their career.

“He would have been a good fit."

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