Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri flew back to England kings-style following their emergence as Premier League champions.
The 64-year old had visited his home country, Italy, where he went to have lunch with his mother in celebration of her 96th birthday, and was flown back to the UK in a £43million Gulfstream G650 jet.
The jet belongs to Leicester City owner Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and was used to convey their manager back to England after they emerged Premier League champions after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.
Speaking from his car in Leicester today, Ranieri said: “I feel good, you can imagine. (Last night I was) at home to watch the (Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur) match,” he was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I had lunch with my mother and then I come back with our plane and I arrived 7pm and 8pm I watched the match. No, not yet (I haven’t spoken to the players).
“The job is good. I am very, very happy now, because maybe if I won this title at the beginning of my career, now I forgot. No, now I’m very, very old man and then I can feel much better.
“The emotion was at the maximum level. I told every time I’m very happy for the fans, for the chairman, for everybody, for all the Leicester community.
“I don’t know the secret. I think the players, the heart, the soul, how they play it. (I say to the fans) keep going, we want to improve a lot.”
The jet helped Ranieri – and his antiques dealer wife Rosanna – make it back to the UK in time for last night’s crucial match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.