Kasper Schmeichel is happy at Leicester, says Claude Puel
Amartey and Albrighton ruled out of Crystal Palace game on Saturday, while Chilwell and Maddison face late fitness tests
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 21/02/19 4:27pm
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is happy at the club despite comments from his father that he wants to "move away and try something bigger", says manager Claude Puel.
The 32-year-old Denmark international has made over 300 appearances in eight years at Leicester, playing an instrumental role in their promotion to the Premier League in 2014 and winning the title in 2016.
Peter Schmeichel, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, made the remarks about his son's possible exit on beIN Sports, which were dismissed by Puel on Thursday.
"I had a discussion with Kasper," Puel said. "Not just about this but different things. He is happy to play with Leicester, he extended his contract a few months ago.
"He understands the project and what we are trying to put in place. He is happy with Leicester and this is the most important thing.
"I don't want to make comments about people outside the club, it's not my concern. I don't know Peter (Schmeichel). I don't want to make other comments about this."
Leicester are without a victory since January 1 in which time they have crashed out of the FA Cup to Sky Bet League Two side Newport and fallen to 12th in the Premier League.
Recent results have seen Jamie Vardy drop to the bench in favour of Demarai Gray, who started in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham last time out, but Puel says there are no problems with the striker.
"It was a good opportunity to see Dimi," he added. "I was pleased with his performance and if for example, Jamie scored when he came on it's perhaps because Dimi tired out the defence.
"[Gray] has fantastic starts, he can make the difference with good penetration and now he needs to learn to have calm, to have the right touch, to finish.
"He does not have the end product at the moment but he has all the qualities for the future. He needs to have the clinical edge because a striker or winger needs to score."
Leicester return to action against Crystal Palace on Saturday and Puel is under no illusions his side must start winning games.
He also confirmed Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton are ruled out of the upcoming fixture while Ben Chilwell and James Maddison face late fitness tests.
"Of course, Amartey and Albrighton are not available [for Saturday]," Puel said. "For Chilwell and Maddison it is not serious, but we will see tomorrow.
"We need points. We have two home games and it will be important to find results for our confidence and to go up the table."