As soon as Leicester City's magical season ended, many pundits and media outlets were quick to start linking many members of the squad with moves away from the King Power Stadium. Rather than discussing which players will be leaving and who will be replacing them, it should first be noted who will be staying.
Today, news broke of possible contract extensions for many of Leicester's top players - Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, and Wes Morgan.
Amid talks of Drinkwater switching to Liverpool, Leicester is looking to extend the midfielder's contract for two years along with wages of around 80,000 pounds per week. During Drinkwater's breakout season, he attracted the attention of other top clubs in England as well as English national team manager Roy Hodgson, who added Drinkwater to his roster for the upcoming UEFA Euros.
Other tenured members of the Leicester City squad like Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan are also set to begin negotiations on a new deal during the summer. Schmeichel earned a share of the Premier League Golden Glove this past season while Morgan captained the Foxes to the club's first top-flight title.
After completing his first season with the club, defender Robert Huth is also one of the many Foxes in position to restructure their contract. Huth, who joined Leicester from Stoke City last summer for a paltry 3 million pounds, not only provided stability at the back, but an attacking threat in the air as well.
Riyad Mahrez is probably the biggest name on a list of Leicester players in line for new contracts. After winning PFA Player of the Year for his output of 17 goals and 11 assists over the past season, Mahrez has recently been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool. However, it appears that Mahrez, who has stated his desire to stay in Leicester, will be signing a contract extension in the near future.
With five of its core members set to return for the coming seasons, Leicester's rise to prominence only looks to be getting started. While the injection of fresh faces is definitely necessary in order to continue improving as a team, the willingness of a few core members wanting to return is most definitely a welcome site.
As these players keep shining at Leicester City, they will fetch a hefty fee when it comes time to sell them. And with that influx of money, the chance for world-class players to join Leicester City arises.
But for now, it's certainly refreshing to see these five players looking for a chance to stay in Leicester a little longer.