Ranieri ready for Nantes challenge

Claudio Ranieri is excited about the potential at Nantes as he prepares to take over at the Ligue 1 side.

The former Leicester City boss, who takes over at the club following Sergio Conceicao's exit, feels there is potential in the squad after they finished the recently completed season in seventh, having struggled earlier on in the season.

The French club needed special permission from the league to appoint Ranieri, as he exceeded the age limit of 65 for managers, having just reached 65 years of age.

He, however, is still waiting on LFP president Raymond Domenech to ratify the deal.

The Italian told Mediaset Premium: "I was convinced by the project at Nantes. There is a very strong youth academy with players emerging from here like Marcel Desailly or Didier Deschamps, many of a great quality coming through right now, and the President is very enthusiastic.

"I was struck by the squad, as they were bottom of the table halfway through the season, then thanks to Conceicao's work they finished seventh. That shows me good work can be done here.

"The other sides in Ligue 1 are reinforcing a great deal, but we will try to have our say."

He added: "We are nearly there, even if it's not yet official. I haven't signed yet, but there is an agreement with the president.

"I do my work with passion, professionalism and focus, so what others say doesn't interest me."