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'I don't want to leave my house'

Anderlecht star Kara Mbodji reveals he is desperate to come to Premier League as his ‘own fans called him monkey’

Senegal international was subject of two bids from Claudio Ranieri but has allegedly had to endure vile racist nightmare in Belgium as he revealed he no longer applauds fans after games

LEICESTER target Kara Mbodji has urged Premier League clubs to end his racist hell with Anderlecht – insisting his OWN FANS call him a monkey.

Former Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had two bids for the Senegal international turned down in January.

Kara Mbodji has built a solid defensive partnership at the back for Anderlecht

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Kara Mbodji has built a solid defensive partnership at the back for Anderlecht

Centre-back Mbodji, rated at £10million, has previously been eyed by West Ham, Swansea, West Brom and Sunderland.

He shone in Anderlecht’s recent Europa League clashes with Manchester United and has helped them to the brink of the Belgian title.

Mbodji, 27, said: “In January I narrowly missed out on my dream of playing in England – for the third consecutive transfer window.

Kara Mbodji in action for Anderlecht against Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic before Anderlecht were dumped out of the Europa League

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Kara Mbodji in action for Anderlecht against Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic before Anderlecht were dumped out of the Europa League

Claudio Ranieri wanted to sign Kara Mbodji in January but had two bids for the player turned down

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Claudio Ranieri wanted to sign Kara Mbodji in January but had two bids for the player turned down

“That was despite Leicester persisting with trying to sign me. They were even prepared to send their doctors out to Gabon, where I was playing for Senegal in the African Nations Cup.

“I have dreamed about playing in England since I was little. But I am a believer and things happen if they are meant to be.

“I have long felt ready to make the step up.  I don’t need the fact that I had two good games against Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be certain – I know what I can do.

Anderlecht fans have been accused of aiming monkey chants at their own player Kara Mbodji

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Anderlecht fans have been accused of aiming monkey chants at their own player Kara Mbodji
The King Power Stadium rocks before Leicester's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid

"I no longer applaud Anderlecht's fans at the end of matches these days.  Some of them treat me differently to the club's other players.

"I have had messages on my phone from Anderlecht fans calling me a monkey, or telling me and my family to go back home.  I have kept them all.

"It all weighs down on me.  Some days I don't even want to leave my house when I wake up.

"It is easy to insult me over the phone, but they don't dare do it to my face.  The anger I feel has made me stronger."