Claudio Ranieri agrees long-term Leicester contract - Sky sources

Claudio Ranieri has enjoyed a successful return to the Premier League
Image: Claudio Ranieri has been rewarded for masterminding Leicester's stunning Premier League title success

Claudio Ranieri has agreed a new long-term contract with Leicester, according to Sky sources.

The Italian signed a three-year deal when he was appointed last summer and has now been rewarded for leading City to the first league title in their 132-year history.

The legal formalities are expected to be completed before Leicester begin the defence of the Premier League away at Hull on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Ranieri and Leicester celebrated their title success on Monday
Image: Ranieri's Leicester take on Hull this Saturday

It is understood Ranieri's new deal does not include a compensation clause should other clubs come calling.

The 64-year-old's appointment as Nigel Pearson's successor was not welcomed wholesale by Leicester supporters 12 months ago, but his achievements earned him the League Managers' Association's annual award in May.

N'Golo Kante of Leicester City in action
Image: N'Golo Kante is the most high-profile Leicester player to leave the club this summer

The champions have managed to maintain the bulk of their squad ahead of the new season, with top scorer Jamie Vardy turning down the chance of a move to Arsenal.

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Riyad Mahrez, the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year, remains at the club, although France midfielder N'Golo Kante has left for Chelsea.

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