Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he has held talks with Foxes stars Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in a bid to stave off the club’s horrendous form in the Premier League, as reported by Goal.

The reigning Premiership Champions are a shadow of the team who stunned the world by winning the title last year and are languishing in 16th place with a paltry 21 points.

An extra-time win over Derby County in the FA Cup in midweek has been spoken described as a potential kick-starter for the rest of the season with Ranieri hoping his side can turn around their fortunes with only 14 league games remaining.

Elaborating on his discussion with two of the Foxes’ big names, the Italian boss said: “To Riyad I said come back to last season.

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“Two words – come back. He is trying, he is positive and I am very happy when he is positive. When I see him smiling, that is OK.

“If you see how many goals they score and assists they made last year and not this season, that is it.”

Mahrez was crowned PFA Player of the Year last season and scored 17 goals, whilst Vardy found the net 24 times in the Premier League.

This year, Mahrez has three goals to his name and Vardy only five, highlighting the deficiencies the Champions have shown up front.

Leicester are one point above the relegation zone and are away to Swansea this afternoon in a massive game at the bottom of the Premier League table.