BREAKING NEWS: Ranieri has Leicester's 'unwavering support'

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Leicester City claim embattled manager Claudio Ranieri retains the full support of the club's owners despite the threat of relegation looming large for the Premier League champions.  

Following the stunning success of last season, the Foxes have struggled to hit the same heights this time around and are on a four-match losing run in which they have conceded 10 goals, leaving them one point above the drop zone.

Sunday's 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United prompted an increase in calls for Ranieri's removal, but the Italian has now been given a vote of confidence by the club.

A statement released on Tuesday read: "In light of recent speculation, Leicester City Football Club would like to make absolutely clear its unwavering support for its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.

"While there is a collective appreciation from everyone at the club that recent form needs to improve, the unprecedented success achieved in recent seasons has been based firmly on stability, togetherness and determination to overcome even the greatest of challenges.

"The entire club is and will remain united behind its manager and behind its players, collectively and firmly focused on the challenges ahead."