Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has signed a new four year contract to keep him at the club until June 2020.
The Italian, 64 replaced Nigel Pearson last Summer and led the Foxes to a remarkable Premier League title, which in fact was the first top flight trophy in the club’s history. Ranieri follows Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in committing his future to Leicester who begin their title defence on Saturday afternoon with an away game to newly promoted Hull City.
The club in a statement on Ranieri’s new contract said ‘Leicester City Football Club are delighted to announce that its first team manager, Claudio Ranieri, has signed a new contract with the Premier League Champions. The statement went on further to say ‘Claudio’s qualities, both as a man and a coach have been very clear since the moment he arrived – qualities that helped Leicester to progress in every level.
Bookmakers had him as one of the favourites to be sacked shortly after his appointment, but the Italian somewhat got the best out of his players who were a massive 5000-1 to win the trophy. The Foxes just lost 3 league games all season to the Premier League by 10 points and the club will be one of the top seeds in the Champions League draw later this month.
Ranieri commenting on his new deal to the media said “From the moment I talked to the owners about their vision for Leicester City, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of for a long time.
“The energy that exists at this Club – from the owners and the staff, to the players and supporters – is something very special. I am very happy and proud that I will be part of it for years to come.