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Mahrez's Champions League ambitions no problem for Shakespeare

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Montrelle Montesinos | 18 May, 2017, 16:19

That latest blow, coupled with the fact that returning loan trio Matty James, Tom Lawrence and Harvey Barnes are ineligible for first-team duty under current Federation Internationale de Football Association rules, led Craig Shakespeare to admit that Leicester were effectively "running out of players".

The 53-year-old signed a deal until the end of the season when he replaced Claudio Ranieri in February.

Last season's surprise Premier League champions endured an terrible start to their title defence but a revival under Craig Shakespeare - which also saw them reach Champions League quarter-finals - has seen the Foxes end a testing campaign strongly. We won't have to wait long, ' said Shakespeare ahead of tonight's visit of Tottenham. The end of the season is Sunday, so after that.

Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: "I think he deserves the job".

He said: "In my head I have ideas on those matters and when we sit down I'll give the owners my thoughts". "Of course, in my head, I have ideas on that". But I'm not an off-the-cuff person. "I like to be organised".

Shakespeare must also resolve on his own future with his short-term contract as manager expiring in June.

The club's billionaire vice chairman Aiyawatt "Top" Srivaddhanaprabha attended the Player of the Year awards night on Monday.

Riyad Mahrez faces being removed from penalty duty after another miss proved costly against Manchester City.

The Algeria winger slipped as he kicked the ball, touching it twice, and while he scored it was ruled out meaning he has failed with four of his last 11 attempts.

"The players can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I've said before about their attitude and professionalism and I expect us to have a real good go to finish as high as we can".

"It is for discussion".

"I don't know what will be set as a target next season, no one knows that".

Shakespeare added: "His performances this season have highlighted he's one of the best keepers out there, and we are happy with him".

"And how they want to progress the club further".

"With Riyad he never shies away and he has to take a bit of credit for that".