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Ex-Chelsea manager interested in return to football

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he is ready to return to football and would be tempted to take the helm at Marseille.

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The Italian has been out of work since being dismissed by the Greek national side last November, in the aftermath of a surprise 1-0 reverse against the Faroe Islands.

That exit came only four months after his departure from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, where he failed to meet the ambitious owners’ expectations.

But he feels ready for a comeback and told Le JDD that Marseille would be an interesting proposition if current head coach Marcelo Bielsa decided to seek a new challenge elsewhere in the summer.

Ranieri, who was axed by Chelsea in 2004 to make room for Jose Mourinho, said: “It is a great club, so interesting.”

Bielsa still has 12 months remaining on his current contract at Marseille, but is yet to negotiate an extension with the board of directors and is not guaranteed to see out the final year of the deal.

Ranieri’s experience of the French top-flight with Monaco could count in his favour if Bielsa does go and Marseille find themselves assessing a shortlist of candidates to step in.

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