Leicester boss Shakespeare denies rift with Ranieri

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare said he “has never had any falling-out” with former manager Claudio Ranieri.

Ranieri was sacked by the Premier League champions in February and said on Monday night that “someone behind” him may have been working against him.

Shakespeare said: “We have never had any arguments or hard feelings.

“Free speech is there for everybody. I don’t have any problem with that. I have a clear conscience.”

Speaking on Sky Sports on Monday, Ranieri hinted at problems with somebody at Leicester, but refused to name anyone, leaving Shakespeare to face questions in the build-up to Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid.

Ranieri said: “I don’t want to say who it is. I am a loyal man. What I had to say, I said face to face.”

Shakespeare, who did not see the interview live, said that he had spoken with Ranieri on the day the Italian was sacked and believed their relationship was good.

“Claudio was in good humour, he came across exactly as I know him,” Shakespeare said.

“My stance is the same from my first interview [as manager] when I stated that I’d spoken to Claudio the night he was relieved, he thanked me for my time, and I thanked him.

“He said it was football. It was good to see him enjoying his football and he came across really well.”