Wednesday 16 August 2017

Kasper Schmeichel responds to reports that Leicester players' secret meeting with owner sealed Ranieri's fate

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City applauds the crowd in defeat after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City applauds the crowd in defeat after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has denied reports that Leicester players consulted with club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a move to oust former manager Claudio Ranieri.

Ranieri was sacked by the club on Thursday night just two weeks after the club released a statement offering unwavering support towards their besieged manager.

A report in The Telegraph on Friday indicated that a meeting between senior players and Srivaddhanaprabha at the team hotel in Seville earlier this week ultimately had sealed the Italian’s fate.

However, Schmeichel was quick to dispel such claims insisting that there was no such meeting between players and Srivaddhanaprabha.

“I'm as upset about these reports as anybody,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports ahead of Leicester’s clash With Liverpool on Monday.

“They are deeply hurtful. For me, to read these type of things, it is absolutely ridiculous to think any player in any squad across the country has that type of influence or power to make decisions like this. It is absolutely ridiculous.

“I am a footballer, I have no influence on these type of decisions or any other player at this club has that influence.

“The owner make the decisions, they have always done that, they have sacked managers before at this club. We as players have to get on with it. Nobody wants to see anybody lose their job.”

Ranieri released an official statement on Friday thanking the club and fans for the opportunity to manage the team and take the club to their first ever Premier League title.

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