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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ranieri has no plans to retire from game

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri reached retirement age yesterday but the Leicester boss has no plans to relax just yet.

The affable Italian, who was recently rewarded with a new contract until 2020, admits he has assessed his future as a manager at times in the past but the former Chelsea boss plans to carry on what he is building at Leicester and hopes to go on until he is 70.

Asked if he planned to retire, he said: "No, why? Until I feel an old man, I keep going, I continue. As long as I enjoy and feel good. For me it is my life, my job. I want to continue for (a) long (time).

"At 35 I said, 'At 50 I finish'. But then at 50 I said 'Why now? 55'. Then five by five, step by step. I am 65, now I continue until 70.

"The life is fantastic, every job is difficult, but it is important to be strong inside because you don't know what happens in life. You can go down but if you are strong you can wake up again.

"When I came to Leicester I came with the priority to build a squad to achieve Europe and then the Champions League - the project of my owner. Now we have won but I've forgot, for me we don't win. I continue to build what the chairman asked me the first night."

Ranieri will check on the fitness of captain Wes Morgan (hip), midfielder Andy King (shin) and striker Jamie Vardy (groin) before finalising his plans for the visit of Palace.

All three players are nursing knocks following the Champions League victory against Copenhagen on Tuesday night but Ranieri thinks they should all be available.

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