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Ranieri Denies Italy Job Link, Blasts Top EPL Clubs

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri claims  speculation linking him to the Italian national team job are false. 

The Foxes boss has been linked with the national job as Antonio Conte reportedly looks set to leave after Euro 2016 to take over at Chelsea.

Ranieri, who was manager of Greece before moving to Leicester, has guided his team to the top of Premier League.

And now he has dismissed talk that he is set to leave the King Power for Italy in the summer.

"I could be glad, but now it is only just speculation. I am focused on Leicester. You know, the last time I managed a national team it was not so good!"

Ranieri also said during his press conference on Friday that the Premier League's big clubs "should blame themselves'' if they fail to qualify for the Champions League amid speculation surrounding a breakaway European Super League.

Representatives from five established powers of the English game — Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and 
Manchester United — met with the chairman of American company Relevent Sports Charlie Stillitano in Londonon Tuesday.

The meeting was primarily about the preseason International Champions Cup (ICC) competition which is staged in the United States and Asia and organised by Relevent Sports, and the clubs have denied that any discussions took place regarding a European Super League.

However, when asked if a Super League was still on the agenda, Stillitano told radio station Sirius XM on Thursday: 

''I think it is. They're talking about it all over Europe. At least a change in format.

''When they came up with the Champions League, the idea wasn't to have PSV and Genk playing in the knock-out stage. 

What would Manchester United argue: did we create soccer or did Leicester create [it]?

"Let's call it the money pot created by soccer and the fandom around the world. Who has had more of an integral role, Manchester United or Leicester? It's a wonderful, wonderful story — but you could see it from Manchester United's point of view, too.''

Leicester and Tottenham currently occupy the first two of the four Champions League places available for next season, with United and Liverpool currently outside the Premier League's top four.

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