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Last Updated: Monday, 31 May, 2004, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
Ranieri happy in England
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri would be keen on taking another job in England following his sacking by Chelsea, according to the Italian's agent.

Ranieri was dismissed on Sunday after just under four years in the job with Porto's Jose Mourinho set to take over.

Jon Smith told BBC Radio Five Live: "We've not spoken to other clubs, but we are assured he is a man in demand. We'll have to wait and see.

"He loves England and if it is possible for him to stay then he would love to."

Smith was speaking during a break in negotiations with Chelsea about the terms of Ranieri's departure from Stamford Bridge.

"We all read the tea leaves a few weeks ago or even a few months ago," Smith added.

"He has had a fantastic time at Chelsea.

"Just walking around the ground at the end of the last game against Leeds was such an emotional moment.

"He has done a very good job and he's very proud of what he has done.

"I think he is a little sad that he hasn't had the opportunity to finish the job."

BBC Sport's Sue Thearle
"There's no doubt other suitors will come calling for Ranieri"

Ranieri's agent Jon Smith
"He is a little sad that he hasn't had the opportunity to finish the job"

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31 May 04  |  Chelsea

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