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Claudio Ranieri in talks with Ligue 1 outfit

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Claudio Ranieri, the ‘FIFA Manager of the year’ is in talks with Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice.

The Italian journeyman has coached several clubs and countries in his career and also has an experience of coaching in Ligue 1 with Nice’s neighbours AS Monaco whom he left to take the job of Greek national team.

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Ranieri won the much coveted English Premier League title with Leicester which has pretty much become a part of the footballing folklore but was sacked by the Foxes’ management in February after a poor run of results.

The veteran Italian was expected to be a priced commodity in the summer and Nice has taken the initiative to talk with the former Chelsea boss.

Nice’s manager Lucien Favre has done wonders with the side as it sits third in the Ligue 1 table, beyond the expectation of many. The Swiss took helm of the club in place of current Saints’ manager Claude Puel and has proved his credentials.

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Favre is in the wishlist of many clubs now. He is heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund and will probably return to German Bundesliga in charge of the yellow army replacing Thomas Tuchel whose departure is seemingly obvious.

Under such circumstances, Nice management has been in search of a proper replacement of Favre, and there could hardly be anyone better than Ranieri among the available managers. Ranieri also has his own house at Monte Carlo, just thirty minutes of drive along Cote D’Azur.

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Premier league clubs West Ham and Southampton and Turkish outfit Antalyaspor are also interested in initiating talks with the Italian but for the moment it seems that Nice’s desire would be hard to resist for Claudio.