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Published: 16:25 | 22/4/16

Ranieri urges Foxes to claim title glory

Leicester boss targets Premier League crown

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has finally broken cover to publicly urge his players on to claim the Barclays Premier League title.

The Italian has previously refused to be drawn on his side's title chances as the season has progressed but has finally admitted that winning the league is their main aim after Champions League football was secured this week.

The Foxes are five points clear of second-placed Tottenham with four games to play and host Swansea on Sunday knowing that a win would take them eight points clear of their nearest rivals who don't play West Brom until Monday evening.

A win over Swansea could even see Ranieri's side claim the title as early as next weekend with victory at Manchester United should Tottenham lose against West Brom on Monday.

"Now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes man, only this remains. I wanted 79 points and we have to fight more now," Ranieri said.

"I talk to my players, 'come on, now is the right moment to push'. I always believe, I am a positive man. If Tottenham go above us, congratulations, but I prefer to be five points ahead.

"We are in the Champions League, dilly ding, dilly dong - come on. We are in the Champions League, it is fantastic, terrific. Well done to everybody."

Ranieri refused to be drawn on how Leicester will cope without the services of striker Jamie Vardy after the striker accepted an FA charge of improper conduct.

The England international is set to miss at least one game and possibly more if his ban is extended.

"We know he has one match off and our preparation is without him," the Italian said.

"He trained very well and he was not happy but he enjoyed the training session.

"We knew he had a suspension and then we move on."


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