Vardy hits out at hurtful' Ranieri rumours
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has dismissed speculation he played a role in Claudio Ranieri’s sacking last week, claiming the coach was vital for his own development.
Ranieri was relieved of his duties just nine months after leading The Foxes to their first ever league, arguably the greatest achievement ever to be seen in football.
But this season has been a complete contrast, with Leicester in serious danger of relegation with 13 games remaining. They currently sit 18th ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Monday.
Vardy netted 24 goals en route to the success and set a Premier League record by scoring in 11 consecutive games.
But amid speculation that players had lost confidence in Ranieri and orchestrated his sacking, the England man has denied any involvement.
“I must have written and deleted my words to this post a stupid amount of times! I owed Claudio to find the right and appropriate words!,” he said.
“Claudio has and always will have my complete respect! What we achieved together and as a team was the impossible! He believed in me when many didn’t and for that I owe him my eternal gratitude.
“There is speculation I was involved in his dismissal and this completely untrue, unfounded and is extremely hurtful!
“The only thing we are guilty of as a team is underachieving which we all acknowledge both in the dressing room and publicly and will do our best to rectify. I wish Claudio the very very best in whatever the future holds for him. Thank You Claudio for everything.”
Leicester are yet to find a replacement for Ranieri and soon face the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Sevilla.