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Ranieri relishes return to England

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Chris Bevan | 09:56 UK time, Friday, 20 April 2012

It is eight years since Claudio Ranieri managed in the Premier League - but he has lost none of the charm that made him English football's favourite uncle during his stint as Chelsea manager.

Win, lose or draw during his time at Stamford Bridge, the Italian would always produce a smile (and often a comedy quote or two) during his post-match interviews.

He never really mastered the English language but that did not stop him giving it a go.
The 60-year-old was just as amiable when I met him in person during a recent flying visit to London to talk about Chelsea's prospects, and his own plans.

"My English is not bad after all this time?" Ranieri asks at one point, with a trademark grin.

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