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Since shushing the people of Leicester City for Andrea Bocelli in one of the most surreal moments in football history, it's all gone wrong for Claudio Ranieri.

The much-travelled coach, who also lists Monaco, Juventus, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid amongst his former clubs, was sacked by Leicester less than a year after their incredible run to the Premier League title.

The Ligue I side received special dispensation from French league (LFP) officials on Tuesday to hire the popular Italian as he has reached the manager's age limit of 65 years. The Portuguese coach left Nantes this month to take charge of FC Porto.

But under the spell of the charming Italian, Leicester pulled of the unthinkable and won the title, having been 5,000-1 outsiders when the season began. He was sacked in February with the team one point and one place above the relegation zone in a woeful title defense.

Claudio Ranieri Kasper Schmeichel and Riyad Mahrez with the trophy as they celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League. Credit Reuters
Claudio Ranieri Kasper Schmeichel and Riyad Mahrez with the trophy as they celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League. Credit Reuters

Eight-time French champion Nantes was expected to continue with Conceicao this season after extending his contract until 2020.

The Italian is due to bring four assistants with him, and despite a possible late bid from Crystal Palace, Ranieri has given his agreement in principle to join Les Canaris.

The former Portugal winger worked wonders in his short spell with Nantes.

He has an offer on the table from Ligue 1 club Nantes, but is interested in a return to England.


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