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Published: 08:30 | 3/5/16

Ranieri proud of his Foxes

Boss pays tribute to players

Claudio Ranieri has paid tribute to his Leicester players after they were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in their 132-year history.

The Foxes' 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday meant Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to take the title race to the penultimate weekend of the season, but the Blues fought back from 2-0 down to rescue a point and hand the title to Leicester.

Leicester were tipped to be relegated to the Championship at the start of the season but instead they have produced one of the most remarkable sporting stories and Ranieri had nothing but praise for his players.

"I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the Chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone," Ranieri said.

"I never expected this when I arrived. I’m a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week. Never did I think too much about where it would take us.

"The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be champions."

Wes Morgan now has the enviable task of lifting the Premier League trophy when Leicester host Everton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and he cannot wait to savour the moment.

"It’s the best feeling of my career and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team. Everyone’s worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions and deservedly so," he told the club's official website.

"I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers. People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong. This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.

"Saturday can’t come quickly enough. I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy."

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