Claudio Ranieri named manager of French side Nantes

Claudio Ranieri, former Leicester City manager, has agreed to a two-year deal to manage Ligue 1 side Nantes.

The Italian, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, has been without a club since being sacked by the Foxes in February.

“FC Nantes is pleased to announce the arrival of Claudio Ranieri at the head of his professional group,” a statement on the Nantes FC official website said.

“At 65 years old, the former defender has a very good experience as a coach – and an impressive record – at the highest level.

This is Ranieri’s second spell in France after handling Monaco between 2012 and 2014 and leading them to the second division title.

The much-travelled Italian has also coached Juventus and Chelsea.

Nantes, who have won the French title eight times, finished seventh in Ligue 1 last season.