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Ranieri ready to accept Monaco fate

Claudio Ranieri has acknowledged he will easily move on if Monaco decide to part ways with him this summer while the principality club remain circumspect about the Italian's future.

Claudio Ranieri's squad has been bolstered by several big-money signings
Ranieri's position at Monaco has been the subject of much speculation..

Ranieri, 62, assured Monaco of Champions League football next season with the 1-0 defeat of Nice on Sunday that leaves them certain to finish in the top three in Ligue 1.

However, despite the former Chelsea boss having brought the club up from Ligue 2 and moulded a successful team to challenge at the business end of the table in their first season back in the top flight, his position remains under scrutiny.

Zinedine Zidane is just one of a clutch of names linked to Ranieri's job, and the ex-Roma and Juventus boss told beIN SPORTS he would have little problem in finding work elsewhere should Monaco decide to end his contract a year early.

"I'm calm, I continue my work. I think I'm doing a good job. If it's possible to stay here, I will stay. If not, I'll go and work in another club. That's life. I don't want to die straight away, so I'll continue to live."

Despite Ranieri's success in the dugout at the Stade Louis II, French media claim Monaco's Russian billionaire owner Dmitri Rybolovlev wants a bigger name in charge in line with his ambition of making the club a major European force.

Following the south-coast derby win over Nice, sporting director Vadim Vasilyev was evasive when asked by media about Ranieri's future.

"Claudio has a year left on his contract," he said. "He's doing very good work. But it's not the time to talk about his future. Just like for Berbatov, who I get asked about a lot too. We have to stay focused on our objectives."


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