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Standing ovation for Ranieri as Chelsea fans urge Terry stay

Chelsea fans made their feelings known. Credit: PA

Chelsea fans hailed former boss Claudio Ranieri and urged skipper John Terry to stay as champions Leicester visited Stamford Bridge.

Blues players, including suspended skipper Terry, former a guard of honour for Leicester as they emerged from the tunnel.

Ranieri, who managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, was then handed a ceremonial plate by his old club while the home fans sung his name and gave him a standing ovation.

The Italian, 64, guided Chelsea to second place during his spell in charge, their highest finish for 49 years, only to eventually be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

But he returned to his old stomping ground as a Premier League champion with unfancied Leicester to face the Blues, who brought Mourinho's second stint as boss to an end in December amid a season of struggle.

Terry, who played under Ranieri, took his seat behind the dug-out as a huge banner reading 'John Terry, Proper Chelsea' was unfurled in the Shed End.

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Vardy will be fit for next season - Leicester boss Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri believes striker Jamie Vardy will be fit for next season Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy will be fit for the start of next season despite the striker having an operation on his wrist this summer.

Vardy is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the upcoming European Championship, and will undergo surgery in July after the showpiece tournament in France.

The Foxes' 24-goal top scorer, who picked up the Football Writers' Player of the Season award on Thursday, broke his wrist against Aston Villa in September and has worn a blue cast on his right arm during games to avoid any further damage as Leicester romped to the Barclays Premier League title.

I think it's a little operation, then I think he'll be ready for the Community Shield. I think now (he will be fine). Afterwards I will speak to the surgery and we will see.

He has been amazing. It tells all the other non-league players, 'hey, come on, this is a good sport, good publicity for everyone. Everyone can make mistakes but if you want to do something you must believe and something can happen.

– Claudio Ranieri

Mahrez 'wants to stay' at champions Leicester

Mahrez says he wants to stay at Leicester. Credit: PA

Leicester's vice-chairman has revealed Riyad Mahrez has told him he wants to stay at the champions.

The Algeria international's agent had claimed it was only 50-50 the PFA player of the year would remain at the Barclays Premier League winners, but vice-chair Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has dismissed any fears.

Mahrez signed a new four-year deal in 2015 but has been linked with a move away, with Barcelona reportedly interested, after scoring 18 times to help fire the Foxes to an improbable title.

They will receive the trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton and Aiyawatt, known as Top, expects to keep Mahrez this summer.

"Yes. I think now I want the players to enjoy this moment and not be concerned about the contracts," he said.

"They are good boys. They are good lads. They understand. Even Mahrez, I talked to him and said, 'Are you concerned?'.

"He said, 'No, no, I want to stay'. This is what he wants. He wants to stay."

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Huth and Fellaini charged by FA after clash

Huth and Fellaini have been charged for alleged violent conduct. Credit: PA

Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth have both been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The pair were caught by the TV cameras clashing in the penalty area in the first half of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester on Sunday.

Huth appeared to pull Fellaini's hair, with the United midfielder responding by swinging an elbow into the neck of the German.

A statement from the FA read: "Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth have both been charged for alleged acts of violent conduct, which were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"The Manchester United midfielder and Leicester City defender were involved in an incident in the 21st minute of their game on Sunday.

"Both players have until 6pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016 to reply to their charge."

Leicester captain 'emotional and drained' after Vardy party

Morgan will lift the Premier League trophy. Credit: PA

Leicester captain Wes Morgan said he was emotional and drained after a long night celebrating winning the league at Jamie Vardy's house.

The Foxes are Premier League champions after Tottenham failed to win at Chelsea - drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge leaving them an insurmountable seven points clear with two games to go.

"I can't quite believe it yet not quite sunk in. There was lots of celebrating last night and it was a late one! I'm a bit drained and emotional to be honest," Morgan told Sky Sports News.

"There was a few tears, laughs, cries, kisses and I'm a bit emotional too.

"The boys were jumping on each other, standing on furniture. I hope Vard's (Jamie Vardy) house is alright!

"Looking at the start of the season I never thought I'd be in this moment now. It will go down in history and it's an achievement that might not be achieved again.

"I can't wait to get my hands on the trophy!"

Emotional Lineker hails 'impossible' Leicester triumph

Former striker Gary Lineker believes Leicester achieved the impossible after the Foxes were crowned Barclays Premier League champions.

Lineker will now have to present an episode of Match of the Day next season in his underpants following a pledge made on Twitter after the Foxes' 2-1 win over Chelsea in December.

Lifelong Leicester fan Gary Lineker says he got emotional when Leicester were crowned champions. Credit: PA

Lineker told Radio 5 Live: '''I just think it's generally the biggest sporting shock. I can't think of anything that surpasses it. When it's your own team it's too extraordinary. Too difficult to put over in words.

''To be honest I got a bit emotional at the end of the game. I just couldn't hold it back. It was quite hard to breathe the last few minutes to be honest.

''I've followed them since I was a little kid...I saw them in a cup final - lose - that was the closest we ever got to big glory. Won the league cup a couple of times but this is just something else. This is actually impossible.

''There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I'd have said 'Nah, it's a waste of a quid'.

''It's extraordinary. I'm from there and I went to play for them for a couple of years. I even kind of part owned them for a while when they were in trouble.

"To see where they are now and to enjoy this moment especially with my family, it's incredible.''

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