Leicester manager Shakespeare denies argument with Ranieri

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare said he "has never had any falling-out" with former manager Claudio Ranieri.

And while Ranieri kept shtum on those to blame for his dismissal, fans seemed to make their own minds up and believed that the man who took over from Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare, was the guilty party.

"I won the title after being runner up in Europe three times".

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football Ranieri spoke of previous tension at the club which he said was at least temporarily resolved by his historic Premier League victory with the club, last year.

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

"We have never had any arguments or hard feelings", said Shakespeare.

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

"He always behaved in a loyal manner with me".

Ranieri, no stranger to the sack during his long managerial career, said he would not name the person.

But Ranieri was adamant they played no role.

While Leicester are set to face Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Ranieri insisted they would have had a better chance of winning it had the France global remained at the club. I believe that sooner or later we would turn. "What I have to say, I say face-to-face".

They were beaten 2-1 in what turned out to be Ranieri's last game in charge, but Jamie Vardy's away goal helped the Foxes subsequently go through 3-2 on aggregate. I don't know who it was [who contributed to his sacking], and I don't care either.

Leicester are the only English team left in the competition after Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all failed to progress to the quarter-finals. "When we won the title I received gifts and cards, bottles of wine and Champagne".

"Of course, it wasn't easy (earlier in the season)", Ranieri said.



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