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Ranieri confident of Monaco stay

Claudio Ranieri is convinced he will still be Monaco coach next season despite speculation to the contrary.

Claudio Ranieri has had to contend with speculation over his future.
Claudio Ranieri has had to contend with speculation over his future.

Though Ranieri, 62, has taken the principality club from Ligue 2 into the top flight and steered them into second spot behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this season, the Italian's position has been constantly brought into question by French media.

Reports suggest Monaco's Russian billionaire owner Dmitri Rybolovlev would like to replace the former Chelsea and Juventus boss, who signed a two-year contract in 2012, with an even bigger name in line with the club's ambition to challenge on the continental stage.

However, following his team's 3-1 defeat of Nantes on Sunday that left Monaco on course for automatic Champions League group-stage qualification, Ranieri told Canal+ he was confident he would still be in charge at the Stade Louis II come the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

"It's normal, football is like that. They're just rumours," Ranieri said in response to a question about speculation over his job. "I'm very happy. The president is happy with my work. I'm sure to still be here next season."

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