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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri not interested in Italy job

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has insisted he will not leave the Foxes and dismissed speculation linking him with the Italy job.

The 64-year-old has guided City to the top of the Barclays Premier League and they have a five-point lead ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

Italy manager Antonio Conte has announced he will leave the national side after Euro 2016 and is expected to become the new boss at Chelsea.

But Ranieri, who signed a three-year deal when he replaced Nigel Pearson last summer, said he has no intention of leaving the King Power Stadium now.

"No team can change my mind. I am very proud if they are thinking about me in Italy and everywhere but this is my club," said the Italian.

"I want to stay here, if my owner is happy I stay here. There is nothing to change my mind. There are a lot of things to do here. We are just starting to build. If the owner is happy with me, I am happy with him.

"If it's possible I would like to stay (for) a long time."

Monday's 1-0 win over Newcastle ensured the Foxes will go into the international break as league leaders and they need 20 points to mathematically secure the title.

Danny Drinkwater's form has also seen him earn a place in the England squad for their friendlies against Germany and Holland this month while N'Golo Kante has been rewarded with his first call up for France.

And Ranieri is desperate for the midfield duo to return fit but hopes their selections give them confidence for the run in.

"Yes, I start to be worried now. I'd like them to be with me but I understand," he said.

"Do you remember from the beginning I said we have to save the team, we have build a foundation and also the winning mentality. This is another little step, some players who didn't go to the national team now start to go there, then it is important they get more confidence."

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.

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