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Foxes suit Ranieri down to ground as Leicester prepare to lift trophy

By Staff Reporter

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists he always knew a return to management would come as he gets ready to lift the Premier League trophy.

The Italian revealed he had a suit ready and waiting for interviews last summer before the Foxes came calling in July, despite enduring a terrible time in his previous role as national coach of Greece.

Ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri  was the shock choice to replace Nigel Pearson having been sacked by the 2004 European champions in November 2014 after failing to win any of his five games in charge.

He was tipped to be the first manager dismissed this season but has instead taken the 5,000-1 outsiders to a first top-flight title in their 132-year history.

They will be crowned shock champions after today's final home game of the season against Everton and Ranieri insisted he never had any doubts over his return.

He said: "I brought my suit from my home in Rome to my little house by the sea, thinking 'maybe I will need you - stay there'. The day after I had to take the suit and go."

Jamie Vardy will return for the Foxes today after a two-match ban looking to add to his 22 goals but Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater are suspended.

Ranieri added: "Jamie is a fantastic player and a fantastic lad. It was difficult (without him)."

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