Claudio Ranieri says he is now ready to make a return to management following his sacking from Leicester City earlier this season.
The Italian was given his marching orders with the Foxes languishing near the relegation zone, just nine months after they claimed an unprecedented Premier League title.
And Ranieri says he is re-energised and set for his next challenge, telling BT Sport: “I am ready.”
When asked if he would consider another role in English football, he responded: “Why not? I am a European manager. Where there is a good project, I am ready.”
Ranieri, who was part of BT’s panel for Leicester’s clash with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, said they were unfortunate to come out on top.
“When [Jamie] Vardy scored the goal they created another two great chances to score,” he said. “The first 30 minutes of second half was amazing, but the experience of Atletico’s players is higher.”
He would later reveal his philosophy was built off that of around Atletico, whom he managed between 1999 and 2000.
“I built Leicester to be like Atletico Madrid. They are an Italian team, not a Spanish team,” he added.
“I was so pleased to watch the players do what I taught them. It was important to see them continue to play in the same way.”