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Claudio Ranieri returns to Chelsea training ground to visit Maurizio Sarri

Claudio Ranieri returns to Chelsea training ground to visit Maurizio Sarri

- Ranieri pays Maurizio Sarri a visit at Chelsea training ground

- The 66-year-old was the first manager during Abramovic's era

- Chelsea have won all of their three Premier League matches

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri visited Chelsea's training ground where he spent four years working as a manager.

The Italian coach boss reminisced as he took a stroll around Cobham before meeting his counterpart Maurizio Sarri.

The 66-year-old has always been a big advocate of Sarri and posed with the Blues boss as they sat in the dugout during Thursday's training session.

In the midst of Chelsea's approach for Sarri earlier in the summer, Ranieri urged the club to get the deal done and has backed him to succeed at Stamford Bridge.

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Ranieri, who was the first manager in the beginning of Roman Abramovich's era, but lost his job at the end of the 2003-04 season after leading them to a second-placed finish, is confident Sarri will be a success at the club.

Ranieri was the first of many victims sacked at Stamford Bridge by Ambramovich and he might have given his compatriot a few tips on how to handle their ruthless owner.

The ex-Napoli boss is doing just fine at the moment recording three straight victory on the bounce in the Premier League.

Ranieri left Ligue 1 side Nantes by mutual consent at the end of last season, but has been linked with Bordeaux after Thierry Henry rejected the chance to become their manager.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hailed his team's character after the Blues had a hard-earned victory against Newcastle at St James' Park.

The Blues under Antonio Conte lost 3-0 to the Magpies in the final game of last season and new boss Sarri was thrilled with their persistence this time around.

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