– Leicester City have held talks with Roberto Mancini to replace Ranieri

– Ranieri was sacked nine months after leading the Foxes to the Premier League title

– Roberto Mancini led Manchester City to their first ever title in 2012

Reports have emerged that Leicester City have contacted Roberto Mancini as a potential replacement for Claudio Ranieri who has been sacked.

Leicester City contact Mancini to replace Ranieri                    Ranieri (left),                                                               Mancini (right)

In a bid to avoid relegation, the Foxes have sounded out former Manchester City boss Mancini to see if he would be interested.

The 52-year-old has been spoken to and Leicester are understood to have been told he would be interested in the role – although at this stage no firm talks have taken place.

And on Friday morning, Mancini tweeted a message stating his sorrow at Ranieri’s dismissal.

I am sorry for my friend . He will remain in the history of@LCFC, in the heart of fans and all football lovers.

Mancini led Man City to their first ever title in 2012.

Sources claim Mancini may even be willing to accept a short-term role with the Foxes until the end of the season, with the option to walk away if he is unable to keep them