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Claudio Ranieri treating Leicester triumph like a good wine

Claudio Ranieri is a popular man in Leicester. Photo: PA

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says his side's Premier League title victory will take time to sink in.

Ranieri plans to savour the unlikely success after securing the trophy with two games to spare.

"All the people around the world are asking for Leicester, what happened?" he said.

"But this is a moment you have to leave a little more (time) for and taste slowly like a good wine. Savour it. Maybe now is too early to think what we have done.

"Maybe one or two years could be better to understand, but now it is important to stay high in the world."

Ranieri was tipped to be sacked early on. Credit: PA

Ranieri will take his team to former club Chelsea on the final day, where the Foxes will receive a guard of honour, but the Italian says this will not feel like revenge after he was harshly dismissed at Stamford Bridge in 2004.

"It is good because last time I left the Premier League (in 2004) I went through my players and they made the guard of honour. It was amazing. Now I will come back in the same way. "It is unbelievable. I am satisfied, of course, but not in terms of 'it is revenge'. No, no, no. I am not a man who wants revenge. I know my job very well and sometimes maybe the owner wants to change you because you don't fit in with him."

Leicester trained on Tuesday. Credit: PA

It is the first time Ranieri has ever won a domestic league title in his long career as a manager and the Italian was happy to break his duck in surprising fashion.

"I am very happy to win because when you start to make a manager you hope you can win some league. I won the most important league in Europe, I think, not just Europe but the world, the Premier League.

"It is a fantastic achievement, my career is fantastic but I want to achieve a little more if it is possible."

Leicester went out for a celebratory meal on Tuesday. Credit: PA

The Foxes secured their unlikely triumph when Spurs drew at Chelsea on Monday night. Ranieri says he hit the ceiling in celebration when Eden Hazard scored the equaliser late on, before speaking to Guus Hiddink on th phone.

"I was first on the armchair but after on the ceiling! Afterwards, there was a friend between me and Hiddink, who called me and said, 'there is Hiddink there'. I said 'thank you, well done, thank you'. It was amazing."

Ranieri and his men will receive the Premier League trophy on Saturday after their home game with Everton, but the manager is doesn't know if the emotion of the situation will bring him to tears.

"I'm a very strange man. Maybe Saturday I can cry, I don't know. Maybe not because all the journalists are looking at you and I have to think about another thing."

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