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Premier League’s leading manager tipped to replace future Chelsea boss

Having led Leicester City to the top of the Premier League with just 10 games remaining, Claudio Ranieri has been linked with the Italy job.

The Italian tactician has done a remarkable job at the King Power Stadium this season, leading the Foxes to 57 points from 28 games as they sit three points above second-placed Tottenham.

Whether or not they are able to hold on to their lead remains to be seen, but it is already becoming clear that they may find it difficult to keep their most influential figures.

With the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy linked with moves elsewhere, Ranieri is the latest to be paired with another job as speculation claims that he could be appointed the next Italy coach.

Current Azzurri boss Antonio Conte is reportedly on the verge of completing a deal to become Chelsea coach in the summer, with his current deal with the FIGC expiring after Euro 2016.

In turn, Italy will need a new man at the helm to lead them into qualification for the 2018 World Cup, and Ranieri has emerged as a candidate, according to The Express.

Despite failing to win trophies through a large part of his managerial career, Ranieri has done a commendable job at a number of European giants including Inter, Roma and Juventus.

As a result, he would be a viable contender to become Conte’s successor, but it remains to be seen if he would prefer to continue to build on his success with Leicester instead.

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