Claudio Ranieri aiming for top-10 finish with Leicester City next season

Claudio Ranieri surveys the pitch ahead of the Premier League game between Sunderland and Leicester City on April 10, 2016
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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says that he will target a top-10 finish next season, despite the club being crowned Premier League champions.

Claudio Ranieri has claimed that he and his Leicester City team will target a top-10 finish in the Premier League next season, despite heading into the campaign as champions of England.

The Foxes earned their first top-flight title in the club's 132-year history last night after Chelsea knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the race with a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

This time last year, Leicester were fighting their way out of relegation with former manager Nigel Pearson, but this season, Ranieri has transformed the Foxes into shock title winners.

Despite their remarkable achievement, Ranieri has played down his team's chances for next season as he believes that a top-10 finish should be the target.

When asked by Sky Sports News if Leicester could repeat their title success, Ranieri said: "No. I think no, but of course we want to continue to build. When I came here the project was to build a very good foundation.

"This season is out of our project but the foundation is solid. We know very well next season we have to fight for 10th position and higher. We want to do our very best and we want to fight. [We want to] make a good campaign in Europe, in the Cup and also to be sure that we are safe next season."

Leicester won the title with two games left to play, and captain Wes Morgan will lift the trophy with his teammates after Saturday evening's game against Everton at the King Power Stadium.

Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea looks on during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England.
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