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Claudio Ranieri confirms he will leave Roma

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Claudio Ranieri has confirmed he will leave AS Roma at the end of the season.

Upon firing Eusebio Di Francesco in March, Ranieri was hired as caretaker manager in a bid to overturn their fortunes this term. It is the Italian’s second spell in charge of his hometown club following a two-year stint between 2009 to 2011.

However, Ranieri has only won four of his nine matches in the Stadio Olimpico dugout. This leaves Roma in real danger of missing out on a top-four Serie A spot and Champions League football for the first time in six seasons.

As things stand, the Giallorossi trail fourth-placed Atalanta by three points ahead of the final three matches of the season.

And now Ranieri has confirmed he will leave Roma in the summer amid reports linking former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and his successor Maurizio Sarri to the role.

“I came to Roma because my reaction to getting the call from the club, as a Roma fan, was one of excitement and good will. My job here runs until the end of this season,” said Ranieri on the club’s website.

For now, though, the 67-year-old will focus on ending his second spell at Roma on a high by winning all three of his final games.

But Serie A champions Juventus, who have lost just twice all season, will be Roma’s next opponents in the Italian capital on Sunday.

When asked how he plans to hand Juventus a third defeat, Ranieri replied: “That’s a good question – you need to be determined and focused, first and foremost.

“We’re fully aware that we let a good opportunity slip away in Genoa, but what we have to do now is produce a reaction for our fans – that’s what you need in times like this.

“When I came here, qualifying for the Champions League looked a tough ask, but we’re still in with a shot. We’ve got three games left and we don’t want to have any regrets. We’ll give our all and then we’ll take stock.”

The Roma and Juventus match will kick-off at 20:30 (CET) on Sunday.

TURIN, ITALY – DECEMBER 22: Davide Santon (R) of Roma hods off the challenge from Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus during the Serie A match between Juventus and AS Roma on December 22, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)