Leicester City boss cools talks over new deal

Having started the season hoping to maintain their Premier League status, the Foxes will incredibly be aiming for the title between now and May instead

Claudio Ranieri Leicester City

With two more years remaining on his current deal, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has insisted that he is in no rush to sign a new contract.

The Italian tactician has led the Foxes to the top of the Premier League table with nine games remaining this season, and has in turn been linked with replacing Antonio Conte as Italy boss.

As his side continue to edge closer to qualifying for the Champions League, Ranieri has insisted that he doesn’t want to be distracted by talks of a new deal with the club.

“I have a three-year contract here,” he told reporters. “That’s okay, now is not the right moment to speak about my contract. I only want to speak about the game against Newcastle now.”

In contrast, he did make clear that he wants his coaching staff, including scout Steve Walsh and assistant manager Craig Shakespeare, to be offered new deals.

“It is very important to keep them. I ask them to sign the same as my contract because I have a very good relationship with all my staff. I would prefer it if everybody is happy with me, their contract, everything.”

Claudio Ranieri Leicester City

Conte is expected to be confirmed as Chelsea’s new coach next week, with the former Juventus boss set to see his contract with the FIGC expire after the European Championship this summer.

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