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Ranieri not thinking about slowing down yet

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri turned 65 on Thursday, but the Italian said he still has at least five years left in him as a manager.

Ranieri has been a manager for 30 years now, and has come a long way since his first job in the lower divisions of Italy with Vigor Lamezia. His resume includes clubs like Chelsea, Juventus and Inter. He won his first ever league title last season in his first season in charge of Leicester.

“I’m an old man but I continue,” Ranieri said. “I feel good. For me my job is my life, I want to carry on.

“When I started at 35 I said ‘okay at 50 I finish’. When I arrived at 50 I said ‘why now? 55’ Five by five, step by step, 65, 70.

“Life is fantastic, every job is difficult, but it is important to be strong inside because you don’t know what happens in life. You can go down but if you are strong you can wake up again.

“When I came to Leicester I came with the priority to build a squad to achieve Europe and then the Champions League – the project of my owner.

“Now we have won but I’ve forgot, for me we don’t win. I continue to build what the chairman asked me the first night.”

The Foxes picked up a 1-0 win over Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday after a goal by Riyad Mahrez. Leicester sits at the top of Group G after picking up three straight wins.

“We made a very good match on Tuesday, but now we think of Crystal Palace,” Ranieri said. “They are strong and tall, similar to Copenhagen.

“Palace are strong at the back and then they have good players up front. A good team and well organised. We must be clever.

“I study Crystal Palace from last night, this morning and this afternoon. It’s my life, my job and my hobby.”

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