Ranieri Ready To Defend Title

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Claudio Ranieri is already talking title defence and would love to do that with happy players, insisting he won’t hinder a player that wants to leave.

Leicester were crowned champions of England yesterday, after closest rivals, Tottenham played out a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, with two games to spare.

Kante, Mahrez and Vardy, have all been linked with big European clubs, following their exploits with the foxes.

And even though they have the title defence and the UCL as incentives to keep them at the club, the Italian manager will not stop anyone from leaving.

“I don’t want to sell nobody,” said Ranieri. “Of course if some players don’t want to stay with us because they aren’t happy to continue with us, I don’t want unhappy people.

“Then we are looking to reinforce the team but with the same mentality. Because this is my mentality, this is the players’ mentality. We link very well together.

“Whoever comes must know that we are working hard.”
In contrast to the raucous celebrations much of the Leicester squad enjoyed when watching Chelsea versus Tottenham at Vardy’s house, Ranieri watched the match in the company of his wife and fielded congratulatory phone calls from Rome.

The 64-year-old has managed illustrious clubs such as Juventus, Inter, Atletico Madrid and Valencia during a respected career but his maiden top-flight title at Leicester came somewhat ahead of schedule in the plans the midlands club fleshed out upon his arrival last year.

Ranieri added: “I think no [Leicester cannot do this again] but of course we want to continue to build. When I came here the project was to build a very good foundation and slowly, slowly to grow up together – in three or four years to fight to be in the Europa League.

“Now, this season is out of our project but of course the foundations are very, very solid. We know very well we need to fight next season for 10th position and over. We want to do our best. I am positive and I want to fight.”



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