Forget Italy, I want to retire at Leicester - Ranieri

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The Azzurri job will be available after Euro 2016, but the Foxes boss has distanced himself from the role, insisting he wants to stay put at the King Power Stadium

Claudio Ranieri wants a new seven-year contract with Premier League champions-elect Leicester City - not the soon-to-be-available Italy job.

Italian Ranieri has been touted as a possible successor to national-team coach Antonio Conte, who will take over at Chelsea after Euro 2016, due to his stunning achievement of taking Leicester to the brink of their first top-flight title.

The Foxes sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with just five games remaining, and their 64-year-old boss has his heart set on retiring at King Power Stadium.

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When asked by Kicker about the rumours surrounding the Italy post, Ranieri replied: "I'm very happy here and don't think about a change. I think Leicester will be my last destination as a manager.

"I hope they will give me a long-term contract - six or seven years. And then I will finish my career here."

Ranieri was also quizzed on the key to Leicester's success, given this time last year the Midlands club were involved in a relegation dogfight.

"We don't have secrets," he said. "We only act as no-one would have expected."