Claudio Ranieri has signed a new contract with Leicester City until 2020.
Ranieri, who signed a three-year deal when he replaced Nigel Pearson as manager last summer, led Leicester to the Premier League title in his first season in charge.
The former Chelsea, Juventus and Monaco boss told the club’s official website on Wednesday: “From the moment I talked to the owners about their vision for Leicester City, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of for a long time.
“The energy that exists at this club — from the owners and the staff, to the players and supporters — is something very special. I am very happy and proud that I will be part of it for years to come.
“Last season, that spirit and our hard work helped us to achieve something magical. If we can continue to work hard, maintain our passion and continue to fight with all our hearts, I am sure we can continue to be successful together.”
We are delighted to confirm that Claudio Ranieri has signed a new contract to June, 2020! #ranierilcfc pic.twitter.com/RgUd2It12K
– Leicester City (@LCFC) August 10, 2016
Ranieri was appointed after a disastrous spell in charge of Greece, and few pundits had tipped the Italian for success at the King Power Stadium, but he exceeded all expectations upon his return to the Premier League.
Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said, “Twelve months ago, we brought to Leicester City a man whose knowledge and experience we felt could lead us into the next phase of our long-term plan.
“What he would go on to help us achieve, in the time we have achieved it, has been beyond anything we could have anticipated.
“Claudio’s qualities, both as a man and as a coach, have been very clear since the moment he arrived — qualities that have helped Leicester City to progress on every level. We have strong foundations from which to keep moving our club forward, and I’m delighted that Claudio will continue to be part of that journey.”
Leicester CEO Susan Whelan told Sky Sports News: “I think it’s very important in terms of stability.
“He’s had an immense effect in every element in the club. His character, his personality has been very important.”