The former manager of the Premier League Champion, Claudio Ranieri, has released an emotional statement following his dismissal on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Ranieri has broken his silence for the first time ever since being sacked as Leicester City boss, said Foxes will forever live in his heart.
The Italian was sacked just less than 10 months after guiding the club to a historic Premier League title, with the club’s board expressing their worry over the possibility of relegation from the Premier League.
The statement reads:
“Yesterday my dream died.”
“After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League Champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.
“I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never ending support during my time at Leicester.
“My thanks go to Paolo and Andrea who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To Steve Kutner and Franco Granello for bringing me the opportunity to become a champion.
“Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.
“Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.
“My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved.
“But mostly to the supporters. You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too. No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.
“It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champion with all of you.