Thursday, 12 May 2011

Sven Given 'no limit'

Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has said he has been given "no limit" by the club's Thai owners as he looks at how to rebuild his squad for the 2011/2012 Championship campaign.

Vichai and Top Raksriaksorn, owners of Thailand's largest duty free service, are gunning all-out for the Premier League next season and have not laid a budget for the Swede, who has already been linked with a number of transfer targets including Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given.

"There is no limit at all – they want Premier League and that is it," claimed the Foxes manager, "They are very clear. The target they have the plans they have are the same... as long as I don't go over the top. It is common sense."

Eriksson has already been in touch with Chelsea regarding possible permanent moves for loanees Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Bruma, whilst Ben Mee has keenly hinted his desires to move to the East Midlands for good. The City boss has also been in touch with Rui Costa at Benfica over a potential deal for Miguel Vitor. The young Portuguese defender has pledged his commitment to Leicester City should his parent club agree a fee.

"I know Miguel wants to stay if Benfica don't take him back," said Eriksson last month, "What he said, which was very nice, was that the biggest surprise was how good the football was for a second division. He said it was fantastic.

I think the loan lads have enjoyed it and they have been good to us," he added, "Maybe some of them have a lack of experience and some mistakes come from that. But that is not their fault, it is more my fault. I am sure they have liked it here and I am sure they have learned a lot. I think a decision will be taken in the middle of June and the rules might change so we will only be allowed to have four in our 18-man squad, and we will have to have that in mind."

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