Wes Morgan: Leicester City's Premier League-winning captain to retire at the end of the season

Wes Morgan has made 324 appearances and scored 14 goals during his nine years at Leicester City and was captain when they lifted the Premier League in 2016; Christian Fuchs and Matt James will also leave the club at the end of the season

PA - Wes Morgan after the FA Cup final
Image: Wes Morgan will retire after Sunday's game against Tottenham

Leicester City's Premier League-winning captain Wes Morgan will retire at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old was out of contract in the summer while Christian Fuchs, who also lifted the Premier League in 2016, and Matt James will leave the King Power Stadium.

Morgan led the Foxes to their historic title win and was also a late substitute in last Saturday's FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

He could make his final appearance in Sunday's must-win Premier League game against Tottenham as Leicester chase a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Wes Morgan with the Premier League trophy in 2016
Image: Morgan captained Leicester to Premier League glory in 2016

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Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: "Wes has been one of Leicester City's greatest servants, leading the team through the club's most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the club forward.

"A big brother to everyone he has played with, a strong representative of the squad and a valuable source of counsel to managers and senior executives in the club, his contribution has been enormous.

PA - Wes Morgan and Kasper Schmeichel lift the FA Cup at Wembley
Image: Morgan came off the bench in last weekend's FA Cup final win over Chelsea

"Wes has shown throughout his Leicester City career that he has a great deal to offer away from the pitch.

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"I'm excited to see how we can help him shape his career after football and how the club can continue to benefit from his experience, knowledge and passion for the game."

PA - Christian Fuchs
Image: Christian Fuchs is also leaving Leicester

Morgan has made 324 appearances for Leicester since joining from Nottingham Forest in January 2012, scoring 14 goals.

His career spanned the top four divisions of English football, making over 750 appearances. He was named in the Football League's Team of the Decade, the Championship Team of the Year on three occasions and the PFA Team of the Year in 2015/16.

Ranieri to leave Sampdoria, keen on new club

April 3, 2021, Milan, United Kingdom: Claudio Ranieri Head coach of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A match at Giuseppe Meazza, Milan. Picture date: 3rd April 2021. Picture credit should read: Jonathan Moscrop/Sportimage(Credit Image: © Jonathan Moscrop/CSM via ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Image: Claudio Ranieri has managed Nantes, Fulham, Roma and Sampdoria since guiding Leicester to the Premier League title in 2015/16

Leicester City's Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri will leave Sampdoria when his contract expires at the end of the season.

According to Sky in Italy, the 69-year-old informed the Sampdoria squad and board on Friday that he will not extend the two-year deal he signed when he initially took over at the club in 2019.

Ranieri considers his journey at Sampdoria to be over and will be looking for a new challenge either in Italy or abroad to continue his 35-year career in management.

Ranieri took over at Sampdoria from Eusebio Di Francesco in October 2019 after the club suffered six losses in its opening seven games and steered the side to Serie A survival.

FILE - In this May 7, 2016 file photo, Leicester's team manager Claudio Ranieri gets a crown by Leicester's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as they lift the trophy as Leicester City celebrate becoming the English Premier League soccer champions at King Power stadium in Leicester, England. Claudio Ranieri loves a challenge and his latest job at Sampdoria will be anything but straightforward. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Image: Ranieri celebrates Leicester's title triumph in May 2016 with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel

This season, he led the Genoa-based club to a ninth-placed finish beating the likes of Serie A champions Inter Milan, Champions League side Atalanta and former club Roma.

Ranieri most famously led Leicester to the unlikeliest of Premier League titles in 2016, taking over a squad which narrowly escaped relegation the previous season and turning them into English champions.

He was sacked in February 2017 with the Foxes one point above the relegation zone despite topping their Champions League group on their European debut.

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