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Ranieri unconcerned about his future

Claudio Ranieri watches Leicester play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London on October 15, 2016
Claudio Ranieri watches Leicester play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London on October 15, 2016

Leicester, United Kingdom, Dec 7- Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists he is not worried about his future as his side continue to struggle in the Premier League.

The Foxes enjoyed a fairytale campaign last season when they stunned all to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in their history.

This season though, it hasn’t quite gone according to plan, with Leicester currently in 16th place on the standings.

But Ranieri remains defiant and unconcerned and says he has the backing of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

“Never, because it’s not my decision,” Ranieri said. “The owner is always behind us, he always tells us how he can help us and is always positive. Of course he’s not happy – no-one at the club is.

“When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together. My experience says it’s important to stay calm and be positive, believe in your players and do the best for your team.”

Leicester’s form in the Champions League is a wholly different story though, with the side having already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, heading into their final Group G clash, with FC Porto on Wednesday.

With their place already booked in the next round of the competition, Ranieri has opted to rest Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth, Andy King, Islam Slimani and Kasper Schmeichel ahead of the Premier League trip to Manchester City on Saturday.

“If we had to win, maybe all my players would be here, but I can choose. Always I have said we have a very good team,” he said. “There are some players who didn’t play so far – they deserve their chance to show their potential.

“The players who can play have a chance to play on Saturday. We have three matches every three days now and I need all my players.

“When you don’t do well or you lose, the critics must be negative, but inside we must be very balanced. Saturday will be another fantastic match, against another big team and in this match (against Porto) I could choose some players and rest the others.

“I love people who in difficult situations react and I have fantastic players. I am sure we will react very well.”