Craig Shakespeare insists his conscious is clear over Claudio Ranieri’s sacking, writes John Cross in Madrid.
Former Leicester boss Ranieri claimed on Monday night that he was forced out in February, less than a year after steering the 5,000-1 shots to the title in his debut season, and said “maybe it was someone behind him.”
But Shakespeare, who has led the Foxes towards safety and into the Champions League quarter-finals with six straight wins after stepping up from his former role as the Italian’s assistant, categorically denied he was to blame.
Before Wednesday’s first leg here against Atletico, Shakespeare said: “Free speech is there for anybody, I don’t have a problem with it.
“I am quite comfortable with my own conscience, so I can’t do anything about that.
“I was at the U-23s last night, but I have been filled in about it. I have seen clips of it.
“I think Claudio was in good humour and came across as I know him, but from my first interview, I spoke to him and he thanked me for my time.
“I thanked him and there has never been any falling out. It’s football and I am glad to see that he is enjoying his football again. I think he said ‘maybe’ — that’s the quote that I heard this morning.”