Claudio Ranieri set to leave Nantes

NANTES, France (AP) Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri is leaving the French club at the end of the season.

According to reports in the French press, Nantes president Waldemar Kita has confirmed the Italian manager will be in charge of his final game this Saturday against Strasbourg.

Speaking during a public meeting related to the building of Nantes’ planned new stadium, Kita was quoted as saying by L’Equipe newspaper: ”He has to be thanked for all the work he has done. It has not always been easy, there are regrets, but this is life and there is no anger.”

Ranieri was appointed in June on a two-year deal following the surprise departure of fans’ favorite, Sergio Conceicao.

Nantes has been in poor form in recent weeks, winning just one of its past eight league matches. The club is in 10th place.

Nantes did not confirm Ranieri’s departure but a spokeswoman told The Associated Press the move could be made official later Thursday.

Ranieri coached Leicester to a stunning English Premier League title triumph in 2016.