Leicester aiming to tie down sensational manager despite secret exit clause and links away

Leicester City will look to tie manager Claudio Ranieri down to a new deal after fears he could leave at the end of the season emerged, report The Times.

The Italian tactician has shocked the footballing world by leading the Foxes to the summit of the Premier League, five points clear and only nine games from making history.

Despite initial skepticism surrounding his appointment as Nigel Pearson’s successor, the 64-year old’s arrival has proved to be a masterstroke.

However, The Times claim the three-year deal he signed at the King Power Stadium last summer contains a small termination clause.

Either Ranieri himself or the club can activate it at the end of the season, though it’s clearly hugely doubtful the Foxes will do so after such a stellar campaign.

His work in the East Midlands has reportedly not gone unnoticed, with Italy apparently monitoring his situation as they plan for life after Euro 2016.

The Azzurri are set to lose manager Antonio Conte after this summer’s showpiece, with the 45-year old widely tipped to takeover from Guus Hiddink at Chelsea.