Leicester can be like Maradona's Napoli - Claudio Ranieri

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona spent seven years at Napoli and helped them win the Serie A title twice

Leicester City can be like a Diego Maradona-inspired Napoli, according to Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian, who signed Switzerland midfielder Gokhan Inler from Napoli, believes the club's summer signings will help attract more top players.

"I remember when nobody wanted to go to Napoli. But after Maradona, everyone wanted to go to Napoli," said Ranieri.

"If we start to build, maybe in three or four years a lot of players will want to come to Leicester. Why not?"

Ranieri, who managed Napoli between 1991 and 1993, has also signed Yohan Benalouane, N'Golo Kante, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki at the Foxes, who finished 14th in the Premier League last season.

After moving to Napoli in 1984, Argentina forward Maradona helped them to two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia triumph and a Uefa Cup win.

"Our chairman wants to build a very good team and that's why I'm here," Ranieri said.

"We want to build our foundation and with a big foundation you can then build the first floor, second floor and everything. Inler is one of our foundations."