Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri to leave Nantes this summer

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri to leave Nantes this summer

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri to leave Nantes this summer

Claudio Ranieri led Leicester City to the Premier League title

Claudio Ranieri is to leave his role as Nantes manager.

The Italian, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title two years ago, only took charge of the French side last June on a two-year deal.

But with Nantes sitting tenth in the Ligue 1 table after a run of just one win in eight matches, the club have decided to appoint a new boss in the summer.

Ranieri will take charge of the team for their final game of the season on Saturday against Strasbourg before vacating the role.

Nantes president Waldemar Kita said: "The club and the coach have decided to separate by mutual agreement.

"We thank Claudio Ranieri and his staff for everything the work done this season and wish them much success in their future projects."

Ranieri guided Leicester City to one of the biggest shocks in sporting history in 2015/16, when the Foxes defied odds of 5000/1 to win the English top-flight title.

He was sacked in February, less than a year after that incredible achievement, after they struggled to follow up their success in the Premier League.

He has managed an array of clubs in his career, including Chelsea, Roma, Juventus, Valencia and Monaco.

On his Nantes exit, Ranieri said: "I want to thank the president because he allowed me to come to Nantes, to go back to France and Ligue 1.

"I want to thank the fans who have been great and have pushed a lot behind us.

"I want to thank my players because the first part of the championship was great even though the second part was more complicated, they gave everything and, for me, it's important that they gave the maximum.

"I have been very good here with you, I hope that Nantes will continue to progress. "

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