Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has signed a new deal that will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2020. The Italian led the Foxes to an against-the-odds Premier League triumph last season and has now decided to extended his stay at the club.
The 64-year-old manager – who joined Leicester in 2015, replacing Nigel Pearson – said he was looking forward to building on last season's success.
"From the moment I talked to the owners about their vision for Leicester City, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of for a long time," he told the club's official website. "The energy that exists at this club – from the owners and the staff, to the players and supporters – is something very special. I am very happy and proud that I will be part of it for years to come.
"Last season, that spirit and our hard work helped us to achieve something magical. If we can continue to work hard, maintain our passion and continue to fight with all our hearts, I am sure we can continue to be successful together."
Meanwhile, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City's Vice Chairman, said the former Chelsea boss has already exceeded the club's expectations in his time at the King Power. "Twelve months ago, we brought to Leicester City a man whose knowledge and experience, we felt, could lead us into the next phase of our long-term plan," he explained. "What he would go on to help us achieve, in the time we have achieved it, has been beyond anything we could have anticipated.
"Claudio's qualities, both as a man and as a coach, have been very clear since the moment he arrived – qualities that have helped Leicester City to progress on every level. We have strong foundations from which to keep moving our club forward and I'm delighted that Claudio will continue to be part of that journey."