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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri not out for revenge over Chelsea sacking

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said he does not want to win the Premier League title out of revenge following his departure from Chelsea in 2004.

Ranieri was replaced at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho after finishing second in the league to Arsenal's Invincible team and former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly believes Ranieri is out to right the wrongs of his exit 12 years ago.

The Frenchman said in the Leicester Mercury: "Remember, Ranieri should have won it [the Premier League] with Chelsea in 2004, but lost out to Arsenal's Invincibles. That was actually Chelsea's year, too, but because Arsenal went unbeaten he got sacked for Mourinho.

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"Now he has got his revenge. Mourinho got sacked after losing to him and he's going to go on and win the league."

But Ranieri, who side are five points clear at the top of the table, insisted he is not interested in revenge.

The Italian said: "He is wrong. I want to win because I want to win, but not for revenge. I don't have revenge in my life. I am a very lucky man. I am doing the job that I want to do and not too many people can do this.

Claudio Ranieri left Chelsea in 2004.

"It is not for revenge. Revenge is stupid. You can say revenge when you lose to one team and you want revenge, but not this kind of revenge. No."

Ahead of Leicester's trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Andy King will be assessed on Friday after a sickness bug ruled him out of the win over the Magpies but Ranieri has no other fitness concerns.

On Thursday, Ranieri insisted he will not leave the Foxes and dismissed speculation linking him with the Italy job.


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