Leicester manager Shakespeare denies argument with Ranieri

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February

CRAIG SHAKESPEARE denies he was in any way responsible for Claudio Ranieri's sacking at Leicester, insisting his title-winning predecessor was in "good humour" when discussing his exit earlier this week.

Ranieri was sacked by the Premier League champions in February and said on Monday night that "someone behind" him may have been working against him.

"I don't want to say who it is".

We have never had any arguments or hard feelings.

Frenchman Kante has gone from strength to strength at Stamford Bridge and is in line to win his second title in as many years. "No, no, no", Ranieri told Sky Sports in his first major interview since Leicester's board sacked him and brought in his assistant Craig Shakespeare, who has since inspired a revival. I'm a serious man, a loyal man.

Pressed further, the Englishman indicated he did not think Ranieri sounded absolutely certain - "I think he said "maybe", he noted - but could not explain why he would say it if there was no truth to the allegation.

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Leicester jetted off to Spain on Tuesday morning for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg against Atletico Madrid.

"I repeat what I said, I was sure that after Sevilla the worst was over".

They were beaten 2-1 in what turned out to be Ranieri's last game in charge, but Jamie Vardy's goal helped the Foxes subsequently go through 3-2 on aggregate. Reflecting on his sacking, he said: "Of course, it wasn't easy, because I knew that the second year was totally different". I wanted to make a fairy tale, I believed those players could do things in the Champions League'. But Ranieri admitted that Leicester City will always be in his heart.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel added: "I haven't seen his interview".

Of course Atletico Madrid is going to be a tough challenge but that's what people said about the tie against Sevilla.

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

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