Saturday October 3 2020
Ranieri: 'Wanted Adrien Silva at Leicester'

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri admits he already wanted new signing Adrien Silva at Leicester City during his tenure. ‘The club only bought him after I’d left.’

The midfielder is on his way to join Samp as a free agent, with Leicester letting him go a year before his contract expires.

“I already wanted Adrien when I was at Leicester, but in the end the club only bought him the year after I’d left,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia.

“I know him well, he’s a midfielder with quality and character, but who can also defend and be a water-carrier when necessary. I was missing someone with his characteristics in the squad and he’s excellent in the two phases, attacking and defending.

“On paper, this Samp team with Antonio Candreva, Keita Balde and Silva has been strengthened. I don’t know if Gaston Ramirez is leaving, but if he does go and Valerio Verre remains, I’m happy with that.”

Sampdoria got their first points of the season on Friday evening, with a 2-1 victory away to Fiorentina.

“The first two were non-games against Juventus and Benevento, but I finally saw the squad united, with self-belief and helping each other out. I really liked their approach.”