Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he had the option to leave the Foxes last summer. However, the Italian decided to stay as he wants to do “something good” for the club.
“I could leave last season, I won the title and I had something with other teams but I wanted to stay here because I knew it was a difficult year. I came here to build, to build something good for Leicester, for everybody,” Ranieri said, as reported by Sky Sports.
It is believed that Ranieri was offered the position of managing the Italian national team after the departure of Antonio Conte to Chelsea. However, the man from Rome, Italy decided to continue his job at the King Power Stadium.
The 65-year-old Ranieri performed the greatest shock in Premier League history last season as he guided Leicester to the title. However, things have gone haywire this season with the Foxes sitting just one point clear of relegation.
Leicester face Sevilla in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday. The game could be extremely important for Ranieri as he looks to infuse confidence into his team, according to Independent.
The reigning Premier League champions are without a league win from their last six games. Ranieri’s men exited the FA Cup to League One side Millwall on Saturday. However, the Italian gaffer has urged his squad to remain in the tie after the first leg in Spain.
“If you see the last 10 years what Sevilla achieved, they are used to staying up the top but we are ready to fight and play our football. We are confident about a good match tomorrow,” Ranieri mentioned.
“I ask my players to stay in the game for 90 plus minutes, to be strong, to help each other and I don’t think about Arsenal (and their second-half capitulation at Bayern Munich last week). I think about Leicester and Sevilla.”
Sevilla coach backs Ranieri
Meanwhile, there have been constant speculations about Ranieri’s future as the Leicester manager. However, Jorge Sampaoli, Sevilla coach has publicly shown his approval towards his counterpart. The Argentine manager has insisted that the former Chelsea manager has earned the right to decide when to leave.
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