Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not a stereotypical manager, and he celebrated his first league title not by rejoicing with his players and having a glass of champagne but by eating a steak lunch with his mother.
The Italian flew back to Italy to be with his 96-year-old mum the day before Leicester would go on to clinch the title due to Spurs’ failure to win at Chelsea.
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Ranieri’s mother opened up about the pride she felt seeing her son win his first league title as a coach.
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“I watched every game. This morning I bought the sports papers and saw the headlines. It was satisfying.”
She also admitted that she was surprised to see her boy Claudio finally achieve his dream of winning a league title with Leicester City.
“I have to admit I did not expect him to win with Leicester. He found these players; they are good lads. He told me they always trained as real professionals.”
Leicester clinched their first ever Premier League title after a fairytale season where they were led supremely throughout by their Italian coach, and Ranieri’s mother has compared his status to that of a Royal.
“Now he’s the King of England, imagine that.”
Many in Leicester would not argue with that assessment right now as Ranieri could be given the keys to the city for guiding Leicester to their first ever Premier League win.
The incredible achievement has etched Ranieri's name into the club’s history as the first boss to guide the team to top division silverware in their 132-year history.
Ranieri is already preparing for the next season as coach of Leicester by urging his players to stay at the club at his first post-title press conference.
"Don't go. If you go to another team you might not get on the pitch."
The manager was no doubt referring to the likes of Riyad Mahrez who could be spied by bigger clubs, but Ranieri will do his utmost to keep his stars at the club.
When it comes to new signings, Ranieri will make sure any players brought in during the summer will fit in with his mould of a winning team.
"I don't want big names here. My lads are special. We have to bring in some good players but they must have the same spirit."
Mahrez's agent has admitted there is interest in the player from the UK and overseas, and a big to a bigger club could well be on the cards for the Algerian playmaker.