Leicester City head coach Craig Shakespeare denied any wrongdoing in the sacking of title winning manager Claudio Ranieri this season.
Shakespeare who served as assistant to the Italian during their historic league wining campaign last season, succeeded the former Chelsea boss after a poor run of results.
While there was a public outcry for the lack of loyalty shown to the former Foxes boss, Shakespeare has turned around the results with five straight wins since taking over as manager.
And ahead of their quarter-final clash with Atletico Madrid, the 53-year-old claims he always maintained a healthy relationship with his former boss.
“We have never had any arguments or hard feelings,” Shakespeare told reporters.
“Free speech is there for everybody. I don’t have any problem with that. I have a clear conscience,” he mentioned in reference to Ranieri’s claims of an outsider influencing his departure.
“My stance is the same from my first interview [as manager] when I stated that I’d spoken to Claudio the night he was relieved, he thanked me for my time, and I thanked him.
“He said it was football. It was good to see him enjoying his football and he came across really well.”