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Former Chelsea manager defiant

Claudio Ranieri claims that he is planning to remain as the AS Monaco coach.

Claudio Ranieri is a man whose job is under threat, but the Italian manager is not flinching.

The 62-year-old has been in charge of Monaco for the past two years and he has not exactly done badly.

Ranieri, who was in charge of Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, led Monaco from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1 in his debut season in the principality, and this term he has guided them to a second-placed finish in the French top flight.

Monaco ended the 2013-14 campaign nine points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain with 80 points from 38 matches. It was a new club-record points haul for the 2004 Champions League finalists.

However, the French club’s football was not eye-catching and they also struggled to score goals, despite having signed the likes of Joao Moutinho, Radamel Falcao (who has been sidelined since January with a knee injury) and James Rodriquez among others.

With Monaco also failing to progress past the semi-finals of the Coupe de France and getting knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue in the round-of-32 stage, there have been strong suggestions that Ranieri will be let go this summer.

With the club set to compete in the Champions League next season, owner Dmitry Rybolovlev reportedly wants someone else to take charge of the team – someone who has a winning record and who can make the best use of the available attacking players.

However, Ranieri insists that he wants to remain as the Monaco boss, and that he is “very happy” at the club.

‘I would like to thank all the fans and I'm very proud of my players as they have pulled off a major achievement in setting a new points record for a second-placed finisher’, he told reporters.

‘It was an evening of emotion and adrenaline. I don't know when I'll see the board, but I imagine it will be in the next week. I don't want to leave as I'm very happy here and for now I'm staying in the principality’.

Ranieri, though, is not in control of Monaco, Rybolovlev is. There have been reports that Sporting Lisbon manager Leonardo Jardim will take over in the coming days, while there are some suggestions that Jorge Jesus will leave Benfica for Monaco.

Whatever happens at the Ligue 1 club, we will get to know in due time.

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