Claudio Ranieri has released a statement following his parting of ways with Leicester City yesterday and, be warned, it’s a real heart-breaker.
The statement, released to the Press Association on Friday evening, begins with “Yesterday my dream died” and gets progressively more emotional from there on out.
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) February 24, 2017
Ranieri’s tear-jerking statement in full:
Yesterday my dream died.
After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.
Sadly this was not to be.
I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never-ending support during my time at Leicester.
My thanks go to (coaches) Paolo (Benetti) and Andrea (Azzalin) who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To (agents) Steve Kutner and Franco Granello for bringing me the opportunity to become a champion.
Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.
Thank you to all the journalists and the media that came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.
My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved.
But mostly to the supporters. You took me into your hearts at day one and loved me. I love you too.
No-one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.
It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget.
It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a champion with all of you.