Kasper Schmeichel happy at Leicester, says Craig Shakespeare
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 04/05/17 3:46pm
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare says he thinks Kasper Schmeichel will still be at the club next season.
The 30-year-old Danish goalkeeper is a key figure at the King Power but he has been linked with a move away from the reigning Premier League champions.
Schmeichel has recently appointed a new agent to handle his affairs, prompting speculation that he is looking to move on.
However, Shakespeare does not see it that way and, when asked if he thought Schmeichel would be a Leicester player next season, he said: "Yes, I do.
"He's in the form of his life.
"There's been a lot of speculation this week, but he's totally entitled to change his agent.
"What I would say is he has been very professional, his performances have shown that.
"He has a very strong character, and I expect him to carry on in the same way.
"I don't feel the need to talk to him, because he's perfectly entitled to change his agent when that contract comes to an end."
Asked if was aware of any interest in Schmeichel from other clubs, Shakespeare said: "No.
"I've said before I have no problems with players wanting to progress and play in the Champions League, as we have done, but ultimately I think Kasper is happy here.
"We have to cross that bridge when we come to it."
The Foxes entertain Watford on Saturday but will be without captain Wes Morgan, who has endured an injury-hit end to the campaign and limped out of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid last month with a hamstring injury.
"He's definitely not going to make it," said Shakespeare. "There are no red herrings on this one.
"He's progressed but slowly and hasn't joined in with the squad yet, in terms of a full training session.
"He'll be training fully with us next week and be in contention for Manchester City. He could still play again this season."
Nampalys Mendy will also be absent following his ankle operation last month, but Leicester have already reached the recognised safety mark of 40 points thanks to a 1-0 win at West Brom last week.
Shakespeare is not satisfied though and added: "I am a big believer in momentum and the players have to be determined - and they have been.
"We have three home games left, and our fans have been excellent and have been really behind the players. We would like to finish on a high and that will be the message.
"The most important thing is to try and finish as high as possible. The most important game is Watford, after that it'll be Manchester City, then Tottenham and then Bournemouth.
"The focus has to be on the here and now and the players appreciate that."