Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says conjecture that he was concerned in manager Claudio Ranieri’s exclusion is “untrue and intensely hurtful”.
Ranieri was sacked on Thursday, 9 months after heading a bar to a Premier League title.
Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare formerly denied a actor rebel had led to Ranieri’s dismissal.
“Claudio has and always will have my finish respect,” Vardy pronounced in a post on Instagram.
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“There is conjecture we was concerned in his exclusion and this is totally untrue, ungrounded and is intensely hurtful.
“The usually thing we are guilty of as a group is underachieving, that we all acknowledge both in a sauce room and publicly, and will do a best to rectify.”
Last season’s champions forsaken into a relegation section on Saturday following Crystal Palace’s win over Middlesbrough.
Vardy scored 24 goals as a Foxes cumulative an doubtful Premier League pretension in 2015-16, though a striker has struggled this season.
He finished a nine-game idea drought during Leicester’s 2-1 Champions League detriment during Sevilla, that valid to be Ranieri’s final compare in charge.
“He believed in me when many didn’t and for that we owe him my almighty gratitude,” former Fleetwood striker Vardy wrote.
“I wish Claudio a very, unequivocally best in whatever a destiny binds for him. Thank we Claudio for everything.”
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Former England captain Alan Shearer said: “I didn’t need a sacking of Ranieri to tell me a players weren’t operative for him. we could see it. I’ve been observant it for a final dual or 3 months, that a players only weren’t operative for him.
“I would contend to a Leicester players, if we demeanour in a counterpart and ask yourself a doubt – have we worked as tough as we could and given a manager everything? we would flattering most say, for a immeasurable infancy of that Leicester squad, a answer would be no. They could do more, I’m certain of that.
“Fans will get over it, I’m sure. We saw what happened with Chelsea when Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were booed after half an hour and afterwards Chelsea go and measure goals and get behind to winning ways. Fans shortly forget. However, we will never ever forget what happened final season. That was a best thing that has happened and will ever happen, in a Premier League, a group achieving what like Leicester did.”
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: “The timing is ludicrous. They’ve only left to Seville and in a second half they were behind to their best defensively. Give Claudio Ranieri a possibility to keep them in a Premier League.”
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BBC Sport understands some players were summoned to accommodate a authority after a 2-1 detriment to Sevilla and Ranieri’s predestine was hermetic by a disastrous reaction.
“Big honour to this good male who helped us grasp history, we helped me build myself as a actor and gave me a bravery we needed,” brazen Riyad Mahrez wrote on Twitter.
“You believed in me from day one. Huge appreciate we for all and good luck.”
“My Leicester career was over, he believed in me and gave me a chance. That’s something else we will also never forget,” defender Danny Simpson added.
“I wish him fitness for a destiny and we had a event to contend this today, however we unequivocally need a loyal Leicester fans to be with us and not opposite us by this tough period, starting on Monday night.
“What’s happened has happened and we have to pierce on and stay in a Premier League.”