Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel impressed by Claudio Ranieri's language skills

Leicester City are currently sitting proudly at the top of the Premier League table.

Kasper Schmeichel has told BBC Sport that Claudio Ranieri’s ability to speak four different languages has made a big difference at Leicester City.

The Foxes have assembled a cosmopolitan squad at the King Power Stadium, but there have been no communication problems this season.

Ranieri has the ability to speak English, Italian, French and Spanish and Schmeichel has been impressed by his manager’s multi-lingual qualities.

“Everyone is enjoying playing under Claudio - he is a very personable guy when he talks to you and gets his message across,” Schmeichel said.

"What definitely helps is that he is able to speak to each player individually in their own language, something he does in team-talks when he is addressing the whole squad.

"He has the language skills to speak Spanish or French when he has to and make sure he is understood.

"That makes a big difference. For players coming to a new country things can be difficult enough even enough anyway, but not speaking the language makes thing very difficult. It's not a problem with Claudio, though."

Ranieri’s appointment at Leicester was widely criticised when it was announced, but the former Chelsea boss has proved a lot of people wrong.

Ranieri has built on the qualities that Nigel Pearson instilled at Leicester, and has the team playing some wonderful football.

The Foxes have been in brilliant form since the start of the season, and they are currently top of the Premier League table after 13 games.

It is been a remarkable rise for Ranieri’s men, and they will be looking to protect their place in the top-four for as long as possible now.

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