LEICESTER CITY have confirmed former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri as their new boss.

The Italian has agreed a three-year deal to take over from Nigel Pearson, who was sacked last month despite leading City to Premier League safety last season.

Leicester also considered their former boss Martin O’Neill, but have gone for the man who lost his job as Greece boss in November.

He said: “I’m so glad to be here in a club with such a great tradition as Leicester City.

“I’ve worked at many great clubs in many top leagues, but since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again.

“I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the club for the opportunity they are giving me. Now I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”

Ranieri was Chelsea gaffer for almost four years until he was replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2004, and he has since managed Roma, Juventus and Inter in Italy and Monaco in France’s Ligue 1.

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