Claudio Ranieri has set his sights on a swift return to the Premier League, according to his agent.
The Italian was sacked by Leicester City on Thursday after guiding the Foxes to their maiden Premier League title just nine months before.
Meanwhile, Leicester began their life without Ranieri by easing their English Premier League relegation concerns after a surprising 3-1 home win over Liverpool on Monday. In their first match since Ranieri was fired by the club’s Thai owners, Jamie Vardy grabbed a brace for last season’s struggling champion.
Danny Drinkwater also scored with an excellent long-range strike. It helped push Leicester out of the relegation places and up to 15th, two points above the drop zone with 12 games in hand.
And according to his agent Steve Kutner, Ranieri already received offers from both Italy and the mega-rich Chinese Super League.
“There already has been big interest in Claudio, both in Italy and in China,” Kutner told talkSPORT.
“But his priority is to come back and manage in the English Premier League as soon as the opportunity presents itself.”
Ranieri led Leicester to a respectable 2-1 away defeat against Sevilla in the Champions League last 16 on Wedneday night but was sacked the day after.
Before the Liverpool game, Leicester had won only five league fixtures this season. Five consecutive league defeats sent them spiralling down the points table.
There was a heavy show of support for the former manager during Monday’s game, with fans pictured with Ranieri masks and holding placards inside and outside King Power stadium. One banner held aloft said “Thank you Claudio for making our dreams come true.”