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Claudio Ranieri visited Leicester's training ground on Saturday morning to say goodbye to his former players and staff.
The 65-year-old Italian said on Friday that his "dream died" after his sacking on Thursday night, having led the Foxes to an historic Premier League title last season.
"I don't speak with anybody, just to say thank you to the fans. They are fantastic. Thank you," he said when asked for a quick word by Sky Sports News as he drove away.
On how he was feeling, he said: "I feel good now, because what we achieved in Leicester… I hope it will happen again, but it will be very difficult."
When asked if it had been an emotional meeting with his players, he insisted it had been "normal".
Talking to reporters this afternoon Claudio Ranieri told us he was sad for the fans, and he wishes them all the best.
It came after the former Leicester City manager released a statement following his shock departure from the Foxes yesterday.
Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has released a statement this afternoon following his shock departure from the Foxes yesterday, he said:
He went on to add:
Roberto Mancini, the favourite to replace Claudio Ranieri as Leicester manager, has expressed his sympathy for his compatriot following his sacking.
Ranieri was dismissed in the wake of his side's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla on Thursday night, just nine months after leading the Foxes to the most improbable of Premier League title successes.
The Italian defied odds of 5,000-1 to land the title for Leicester, but this season has been a different story, with the club lying just one point above the relegation zone.
Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will take interim charge ahead of Monday's match against Liverpool, but former Manchester City manager Mancini, who had a short spell as a player with the Foxes and is available after leaving Inter Milan last year, is the favourite to replace Ranieri on a permanent basis.
Mancini said on Twitter: "I am sorry for my friend #Ranieri. He will remain in the history of @LCFC, in the heart of #Leicester fans and all football lovers."
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