I think someone wanted to push me out - Ranieri

Doyle BarkerApr 19, 2017

Claudio Ranieri has said he does not blame Leicester City's players for his sacking, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport their Premier League title win had "gifted a fairytale to the world".

Since his departure, the intensity to Leicester's play has returned and the team won six straight games under replacement coach Craig Shakespeare until a 4-2 loss at Everton on Sunday.

But despite progress into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League this season, Ranieri was sacked in February as Leicester lurched towards the Premier League relegation zone.

Speaking on Sky Sports earlier, Ranieri added: "I don't believe rumours the players spoke to the Leicester owners about sacking me".

"No I can't believe it, the players maybe don't give the maximum because there are other problems".

"I had also a little problem the year before, and we won the title", Ranieri said. What I will say about it is I think Claudio was in good humour, he came across exactly as I know him. I'm a serious man, a loyal man. He's a fantastic person and when people say "could he have been the one who stabbed Claudio Ranieri in the back?", I can put my life on the fact it would not have been Craig Shakespeare.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel denied those allegations while, as recently as last weekend, right-back Danny Simpson admitted that Ranieri's decision to change the meal options for Foxes players did not go down well.

"The situation is totally different".

Ranieri's final game in charge was a 2-1 defeat away to Sevilla. "I can not believe my players killed me, no, no, no", the Italian told Sky Sports in his first interview in England since being sacked. In the second half everyone was together again, fighting, Jamie scoring.

"I have won trophies around Europe, but never the title".

"In case I don't have the time to reply to all of them, I want to thank all the fans".

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