Having secured a top-four finish, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists the next objective for his side is to clinch automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League ahead of Sunday’s (17th April) clash with West Ham United
Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City manager:
Q – You do feel you’re here for the long term?
“I’d like to stay. If the chairman is happy, I’m happy. If the fans are happy, I’m happy.”
“When you have a very good chairman, sooner or later you build a good building. Maybe it’s a little longer some time, this time it was a little shorter, but that’s important. Everything start from the boss.”
(on appearing emotional after the win at Sunderland):
“Yes, no, it was stable. But when you see so many ladies, old ladies to come for Leicester. it’s unbelievable and for that moment I thought about them and I was so happy. I’m happy when the people is following us and they are happy. I didn’t cry, eh. The eyes was very shiny but not crying.”
“We have to fight. With a smile because our job is done. We are safe. You are laughing. That is true! That is true! That is a miracle, no? We are safe. No, because nobody remember the first match – ‘Ranieri was the first (manager) sacked, Leicester was the relegated (club)’.
Q – You remember.
“I remember very well.”
Q – How do you feel about that?
“I feel good,”
(on Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante being nominated for PFA Players’ Player of the Year award):
“I’m very very proud because they deserve it. They are doing fantastic performance every match and I hope one of them could win.
Q – Which one?
“I don’t know. They are three sons for me. If one win, one son, I am very happy.”