Ranieri was relieved of his duties as Foxes manager in Ferbuary, despite having lead the club to the Premier League title in 2016.
The 65-year-old is appearing on Monday Night Football tonight, for Sky Sports’ coverage of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal.
And despite speculation from several sources claiming that the club’s big stars played a part in his sacking, Ranieri refuses to believe the stories.
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He said, “No, I can’t believe it. The players maybe didn’t give the maximum because there are other problems.
“Other problems are that before they earned a little less and after [winning the title], they earn double or triple.”
Ranieri added that the players struggled to replicate the intensity of last season due to their preseason commitments and the pressure that comes with being Premier League champions:
“When you come back in preseason when you won the title, you go around the world, you go to America, you play against big teams for the first time in your life. The situation is totally different.
“I can’t believe that my players kill me, no, no no.”
Ranieri concluded that rather than the players being responsible for forcing him out of the King Power Stadium, he points the finger at people who were “behind” him.
“I listen to a lot of stories about this. Maybe it could have been someone behind me. But also this is a little problem I had the year before… and we won the title.”
“Maybe these people this year, when we lose they pushed a little more.”
However, while the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss refused to clarify who he believes pushed him out the door, his quotes definitely make for interesting reading.