Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri appointed Nantes coach

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has agreed a two-year deal to manage Ligue 1 side Nantes.

The Italian, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, has been without a club since being sacked by City in February.

"FC Nantes is pleased to announce the arrival of Claudio Ranieri at the head of his professional group," a statement on the club's official website said.

"At 65 years old, the former defender has a very good experience as a coach -- and an impressive record -- at the highest level," the statement added.

Ranieri had to be granted approval from the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) to manage Nantes because he was at the 65-year age limit.

The much-travelled coach lists Monaco, Juventus and Chelsea amongst his former clubs and replaces Sergio Conceicao, who recently took charge at Porto.

Ranieri was sacked by Leicester less than a year after their incredible run to the Premier League title, with the Foxes hovering just above the relegation zone.

Nantes, who have won the French title eight times, finished seventh in Ligue 1 last season.

"I'm very happy to become coach of Nantes. It's a very well-known team around the world," Ranieri told Nantes' official website. "There are a lot of good players at the club. I'm convinced we'll have a good season."

He added: "I know the Nantes team very well. The fact the team went from near the bottom of the table to seventh clearly shows the players have quality. I'm used to working hard to get results."