Claudio Ranieri took a direct shot at Roberto Mancini, criticizing his decision to leave the Italy job for a lucrative role in Saudi Arabia.
While Mancini continues to assert that he didn’t secure the Saudi position in advance when he made the decision to resign from the Azzurri on August 13, there still exist substantial doubts about how much it influenced his actions.
Today, he officially became the new coach of the Saudi Arabia national team, signing a contract that extends until 2027 and is rumored to bring him earnings of up to €30 million per season.
Ranieri said: “I honestly would not have done it. I prefer to have motivation other than money.
Ranieri can make that statement confidently, as in January, he made the choice to step down to Serie B for a return to Cagliari, where he originally launched his coaching career back in the 1980s.
He successfully guided them to promotion through a thrilling play-off victory against Bari and is eagerly embracing this exciting new chapter in his life.
Ranieri added: “I already said, this will be the last club of my career. It seems nice to have started and end here. If a national team comes along that I like the look of, then I can consider that.”