Jamie Vardy blasts ‘hurtful’ Claudio Ranieri sacking speculation

Claudio Ranieri was fired on Thursday evening following a disappointing run of form, just nine months after leading the Foxes to the Premier League crown.

Reports emerged on Saturday suggesting that four Leicester players, including England international Vardy, plotted to get the Italian the axe, but he has strongly denied these allegations and has become the latest City star to pay his respects to the ousted boss.

“I must have written and deleted my words to this post a stupid amount of times,” he posted on his personal Instagram account. “I owed [it to] Claudio to find the right and appropriate words! Claudio has and always will have my complete respect!

“There is speculation I was involved in his dismissal and this [is] completely untrue, unfounded and is extremely hurtful! The only thing we are guilty of as a team is underachieving which we all acknowledge both in the dressing room and publicly and will do our best to rectify.

“I wish Claudio the very very best in whatever the future holds for him. Thank you Claudio for everything.”

Kasper Schmeichel became the first Leicester player to break the silence, more than 24 hours after Ranieri’s sacking, when paying tribute to Ranieri on social media, while Andy King, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater have all followed in suit.

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