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Ranieri keen on Premier League return

Claudio Ranieri says he is keen on a return to the Premier League.

In an interview with the BBC, the former Chelsea manager, who has had spells at Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter since leaving Stamford Bridge, said: "I had a great relationship with the fans here. Not only the Chelsea fans - when I go around Europe and meet English fans they are always pleased to see me. A lot of people remember me.

"Another reason I would like to continue my career in England is because all the best players are playing here now. I have managed in Italy, Spain and this country, and I think the Premier League is the strongest."

Ranieri, who has previously been linked with Manchester City and QPR, added: "It is my life to be a coach, and of course I would like to come back as soon as possible, but now it is important to take the right job. I would like the right project, a good project."

Return to Chelsea?

A return to London isn't out of the question and taking over from Harry Redknapp if he becomes England manager is a possible scenario. And although it seems unlikely that Ranieri would be offered a second spell at Chelsea, he isn't ruling it out. "I don't think about it, but why say no?" he said.

Whichever job he takes on next, he knows what to expect.

"In our job, all the managers have to deal with pressure. In England, Italy, Spain, everywhere. This job is not an easy job.

"Everybody knows football - when you win you are fantastic. When you lose, you are the worst in the world. But that is our life.

"Look at Manchester City, they are having a good season and Roberto Mancini has done a very good job - but only one team can win the title and, for a lot of their players this is the first time they are fighting for a big title.

"I know this pressure. It is not easy to build. All the people need time, no? Rome wasn't built in a day."


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