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Claudio Ranieri eyes more success after committing his future to Leicester

By Jack De Menezes

Published 11/08/2016

Signed up: Claudio Ranieri has penned a new four-year deal
Signed up: Claudio Ranieri has penned a new four-year deal

Leicester have announced that manager Claudio Ranieri has agreed a new four-year contract with the club after leading them to last season's Premier League title.

The 64-year-old Italian clinched the first league crown of his career by inspiring Leicester to the biggest shock in Premier League history, with the Foxes managing to sustain a prolonged challenge to beat the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City having been bottom of the table just a year before.

With the former Chelsea manager replacing Nigel Pearson at the start of the season, many tipped Leicester to be among the three clubs relegated, but they stunned everyone in leading the way throughout 2016 and wrapping up the championship with three games to spare.

A club statement read: "Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce that first team manager, Claudio Ranieri, has signed a new contract with the Premier League champions.

"The Italian agrees terms just days before the start of City's first ever top-flight title defence, having guided the Foxes to the most stunning triumph in Premier League history last season. He has signed until June, 2020."

Ranieri told the club's official website: "From the moment I talked to the owners about their vision for Leicester City, I knew it was something I wanted to be a 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.

"Last season, that spirit and our hard work helped us to achieve something magical. If we can continue to work hard, maintain our passion and continue to fight with all our hearts, I am sure we can continue to be successful together."

Ranieri's success has already gone down in the club's history after they enjoyed their title triumph with prolonged celebrations and a bus parade through the town centre that attracted Leicester fans in their thousands.

With the Foxes now taking to the European stage in the form of the Champions League, they face a completely new challenge. However, Leicester Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha admitted the entire board was "delighted" with Ranieri's decision to commit his future.

He said: "Twelve months ago, we brought to Leicester a man whose knowledge and experience, we felt, could lead us into the next phase of our long-term plan. What he would go on to help us achieve, in the time we have achieved it, has been beyond anything we anticipated.

"Claudio's qualities, both as a man and a coach, have been clear since the moment he arrived - qualities that have helped Leicester progress on every level. We have strong foundations to keep moving our club forward and I'm delighted that Claudio will continue to be part of that journey."

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