And takes a swipe at Fergie..... good one CR!!!!! RANIERI ACCUSES FERGIE Claudio Ranieri has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson used the uncertainty at Chelsea to win a new deal at Manchester United. Ferguson claimed last month that Chelsea had made an approach to bring him to Stamford Bridge during the summer, but that he could never see himself leave Old Trafford. Ranieri shrugged off the speculation at the time and believes that Ferguson, who is on the verge of agreeing a new four-year deal at United, used the situation to strengthen his hand in talks over extending his stay at Old Trafford. "Maybe it was true that he was offered my job but I don't know when this happened," Ranieri told Four Four Two magazine. "It could have been any time in the past. The point is he decided to speak out because he needed to renegotiate his contract. If he says 'Chelsea want me' then maybe this will help." The Italian coach also rubbished talk that Sven Goran Eriksson was being lined-up to take over from him and revealed that he and the England coach had a laugh about the whole situation. "I am very good friends with Sven and we laughed together when the story appeared. There is no problem between us," added Ranieri. "Sven calls me up to talk about Joe Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Wayne Bridge as any England manager would do. "I have known him from when he was in Italy as the Roma coach and we have a lot of respect for each other." A true gentleman!!!!!