Leicester manager Shakespeare denies argument with Ranieri

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has reiterated that his conscience is clear, after former boss Claudio Ranieri hinted that someone at the club had betrayed him.

Since his departure, the intensity to Leicester's play has returned and the team won six straight games under replacement coach Craig Shakespeare until a 4-2 loss at Everton on Sunday.

The man who guided the Foxes to the most unlikely of Premier League title wins was sacked after losing to Sevilla 2-1 in the Champions League.

Speaking on Sky Sports earlier, Ranieri added: "I don't believe rumours the players spoke to the Leicester owners about sacking me".

He said: "Free speech is there for anyone, I don't have a problem with that".

"We have never had any arguments or hard feelings", he said.

"I don't want to say who it is". I'm a loyal man'.

"I think [in the interview] he said, "maybe" [it was someone behind the scenes who pushed for Ranieri to be sacked], that's the quote that I heard this morning".

Shakespeare meanwhile rubbished the idea that a conflict between Ranieri and himself was behind the club's decision.

Leicester face Atletico as the only English club left in the competition having beaten Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16, with Ranieri dismissed just 24 hours after their 2-1 first leg defeat. But after I was sacked I said 'No.

"I can't believe my players killed me. No! No! No!"

This season, there has been a noticeable dip in quality between the side that clinched the title last year and this year's performances.

"I knew that the second year was totally different, because when you have won the title, the players must reset their mind".

"I saw in the second half everybody fight together again".

"A lovely idea", Ranieri said. This time, with Leicester we won the title and the fans, with me, in my heart. "Steve Walsh told me these two names".

  • Stacy Allen