Milan Hero Reveals His Shock at Ranieri's Leicester Dismissal & Backs Starlet to Become a Legend

Tom Procter
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Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has given an interview to Extratime and revealed his dismay at the sacking Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri by Leicester.

The Italian legend admitted his surprise at the success of his former teammates Diego Simeone and Filippo Inzaghi as coaches in Italy, but quickly got onto discussing the former Chelsea manager's controversial firing by the Foxes.

Inter Milan v AC Milan - Serie A

He said, via ​Football Italia: "On the one hand I am pleased that it is not only in Italy that we behave like this, but also it happens in a country like England where they are sportingly evolved. Sometimes it's jealousy to bring about situations like this. Otherwise I cannot give any other justification."

Ranieri was relieved of his managerial duties at the King Power back in February, just hours after their Champions League last 16 first leg defeat to Sevilla.

Sevilla FC v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

His dismissal by the board though has arguably been vindicated so far, with Craig Shakespeare guiding them seamlessly away from Premier League relegation.

Nesta was also quizzed about who he believes is the next big deal over in Italy, and the former defender outlined one young star who has consistently grabbed the headlines.

He said: "There are maybe three or four. The others are good players. The true champion is [Gianluigi] Donnarumma: he can reach the level of [Gianluigi] Buffon.

FC Internazionale v AC Milan - Serie A

Donnarumma has been a revelation at Nesta's former club since bursting onto the scene two years ago, and has been widely tipped to emulate the career of his hero Buffon.

Still only 18-years-old, Donnarumma arguably has the best part of 20 years ahead of him, and is well positioned to make his mark with the national team just as the legendary Juventus 'keeper has done before him.​

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