Ranieri: 'Lots of enthusiasm'
Newly signed FC Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri has said he is looking forward to getting the best out of a 'quality squad' as he begins his two-year contract with Les Canaris.
Due to an age clause in the regulations, FC Nantes had to seek special dispensation from the LFP to sign Claudio Ranieri, but now that the 65-year-old Italian has put pen to paper on a two-year deal, he has spoken about the new challenge that lies ahead.
"I'm very happy to become FC Nantes' new coach," said the 2016 English Premier League winner with Leicester City. "They're a team who are known the world over. I met with president Waldemar Kita, who was very enthusiastic. There are lots of good young players here at the club. I'm convinced that we're going to have an excellent league campaign."
On top of his credentials as an EPL winner with 5000-1 underdogs Leicester in the 2015-16 season, Ranieri has a wealth of experience - with the likes of Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Parma, Juventus, AS Roma, Inter and AS Monaco - to bring to the table as he looks to build on the club's best finish since season 2003-04.
Call to arms
"I know this Nantes side well. The fact that they went from the bottom of the table to finish seventh shows that it's a quality squad. I'm used to working hard to get results," explained the Italian before addressing a message to the club's legion of faithful supporters. "We have to work together to get good results, and I'm counting on the fans. I've come here with a lot of enthusiasm and I know that we will need all the supporters to get the job done."
Ranieri is expected to begin his duties as Les Canaris' boss when training for the upcoming season begins at the Jonelière training centre on June 26.