Ranieri ONLY targeting top 10 finish next season

The Foxes are five points clear of second-placed Tottenham with four games of the season remaining but the Italian insists they will not mount a title challenge next term

Claudio Ranieri insists he will target only a top-half finish in the Premier League next season, despite Leicester City standing on the verge of winning the title.

The Foxes have defied the odds throughout the 2015-16 campaign and hold a five-point lead over Tottenham heading into the final four games of the season.

It has been a quite amazing turnaround for a team who narrowly avoided relegation last term, with Leicester's upturn late in Nigel Pearson's reign continuing following the arrival of the ex-Chelsea boss in July.

However, Ranieri admits that he does not expect his side to launch another title challenge next term, even if they do end up being crowned champions.

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"This year is exceptional and we should know that," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"When I arrived and I saw the players I thought we could do something good. We have given voice to the little teams, to the clubs with less chances ... and we have shown that it can be done.

"It's a demonstration that you can win in different ways. On top of everything you have to believe and fight for it. And this team, all of them, go to together in this.

"[But] we are here because the favourites have slipped up a lot and this will not happen next season. Our reality should be to finish in the top-10."