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Kasper Schmeichel pays tribute to Claudio Ranieri

Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper Schmeichel has become the first Leicester player to pay tribute to Claudio Ranieri, following the Italian’s sacking earlier this week.

Ranieri was relieved of his duties just nine months after guiding the Foxes to an unprecedented first Premier League title, but he leaves the club just a point and a place outside the relegation zone.

It is believed some of Leicester’s senior players told the club’s owners they were unhappy with Ranieri’s management during a meeting on Thursday, but goalkeeper Schmeichel has since paid tribute to the Italian.

“I would like to thank Claudio for everything he’s done for Leicester City Football Club, and for me personally,” Schmeichel stated on Instagram.

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“He deserves massive respect and huge credit for what he achieved here with us. Thanks boss.”

The 65-year-old’s final match in charge was Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League Last-16 tie, a result which means the club have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions.

Ranieri’s assistant, Craig Shakespeare, will take charge of the Foxes for Monday night’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at the King Power, as the club go in search of their first league win and goal of 2017.

Leicester are priced at 5.50 to secure all three points against the Reds, who are available at 1.62, while the draw is on offer at 4.00.