Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri Plays Down Chelsea Links

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The 64-year-old says recent reports suggesting he could return to the Blues are pure speculation and he is focused only on the Foxes

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has played down reports of a return to Stamford Bridge following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

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Mourinho was axed at Stamford Bridge on Thursday following a disastrous run of nine defeats from 16 Premier League games to open the season after winning last year’s title.

Ranieri, whose Leicester side beat Chelsea 2-1 on Monday, has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, where he spent four years as manager.

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However, the 64-year-old insists all such reports are pure speculation and he has no desire to leave the King Power Stadium.

“I think only about Leicester now,” he said. “That is speculation. I am an old man and I have  read a lot of speculation.

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“But of course it’s much better this kind of speculation than Greece speculation of course.”

Ranieri’s side currently top the Premier League with 35 points from 16 games and take on Everton on Saturday.

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