Ranieri indirectly accused his former No 2 of betrayal on Monday Night Football after helping them win their first ever Premier League title last season but Shakespeare insisted he never fell out with the former Chelsea boss and his conscience is totally clear.
However, Shakespeare was forced to address questions about his relationship with his predecessor on Tuesday ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-finals clash with La Liga side Atletico Madrid after Ranieri said that ‘somebody behind’ him was behind his fall.
“I was at the Under-23s game at the King Power last night, but I have been filled in about it. I have seen clips of it,” Shakespeare said at his pre-match press conference in Madrid.
“I think Claudio was in good humour and came across as I know him. But as I said in my first press conference, I spoke to him after he left and he thanked me for my time.
“I thanked him and there has never been any falling out. It’s football and I am glad to see that he is enjoying his football again.
“I am quite comfortable with my own conscience, so I can’t do anything about that.”
Shakespeare will be looking to douse the controversies surrounding him and his former boss with a win against Diego Simeone’s Atleti side tomorrow night after going down 4-2 to Everton at the weekend in the Premier League, his first defeat since taking over the team.