Ranieri set for new Leicester contract

Claudio Ranieri lifts the Premier League trophy

Leicester City end a triumphant season at Claudio Ranieri’s former club Chelsea on Sunday

Premier League champions Leicester City are set to offer manager Claudio Ranieri a new long-term contract.

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha will discuss a deal with the 64-year-old Italian, whose deal expires in 2018, this summer.

“We will sit down together. It’s not fair to talk now with one game to go,” said Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester, who started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title, won it with two matches to spare.

Ranieri was appointed on a three-year contract in July 2015 after Nigel Pearson was sacked.

Leicester, who were almost relegated last season, are 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham with one match remaining this term, having lost only three league games.

Former England and Foxes striker Gary Lineker described their title victory as “the most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”.

Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio said on Monday he wants former Chelsea boss Ranieri to coach Italy to a World Cup triumph in the future.

Srivaddhanaprabha said of a possible new contract for Ranieri: “At the end of the season we will talk about that with him.

“When we talk about something, it’s long term, not just until September.

“I like people to work for me when they are happy and enjoy working with the group of people.”

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