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Jardim set to replace Ranieri

Monaco appear poised to replace coach Claudio Ranieri with Leonardo Jardim following the club's final game of the season on Saturday.

Following promotion from Ligue 2 at the end of last season, Ranieri has guided Monaco to a guaranteed second place in the top flight behind Paris Saint-Germain, and with it Champions League football next season.

Reports in Portugal and France, however, are suggesting Jardim has signed a two-year deal with Monaco after just one year in charge of Sporting Lisbon, who finished runner-up to Benfica in the Portuguese Liga.

An official announcement is expected from Monaco after their clash with Bordeaux at the Stade Louis II.

Although the match appears to be a dead rubber, Ranieri can guide Monaco to a record points haul of 82 with victory over a team that has become a bogey side in recent seasons.

Bordeaux, almost certain to finish seventh, have won three and drawn four of their last seven matches in the principality, including a record defeat for Monaco on home soil of 6-0 in 2008.

Ranieri, whose team can also finish a season with the fewest number of defeats with just five, said: "The record of points is something very important to me. I want to win this last game."

Ranieri has already named his starting XI, which includes Ligue 1's April player of the month Dimitar Berbatov.

The club have confirmed the former Manchester United and Tottenham striker, who joined Monaco from Fulham in January this year, has signed a one-year contract extension through to 2015.

With nine goals in his 14 appearances, club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said: "With Monaco, Dimitar showed all of his talent.

"He is a great player and we are very proud to have him for the next season."

Another player in Ranieri's confirmed starting line-up is goalkeeeper Flavio Roma, who will make his farewell appearance for the club.

At the end of his second spell with Monaco, Roma has made just one appearance over two seasons, serving as understudy to Argentina and Croatia internationals Sergio Romero and Danijel Subasic.

It was over an eight-year period with Monaco from 2001-2009 Roma made his name, making 205 appearances that included the Champions League final of 2004 when the team lost 3-0 to Porto, as well as earning three caps for Italy.

Roma, who turns 40 towards the end of June and will use his 21 years of experience to become a coach, said: "It's time for me to start a new life.

"Even if I am 40 years old and sore all over, it was still a very tough decision to make, but I'm ready.

"I am divided between thinking about the match and thinking it's the last one of my career. It's going to be a very emotional moment for me."

Ranieri will be without four players through injury in midfielders Jeremy Toulalan and Geoffrey Kondogbia, defender Fabinho and striker Layvin Kurzawa, while James Rodriguez has withdrawn in order to focus on his World Cup campaign with Colombia.

Francis Gillot, potentially facing his last game as coach of Bordeaux after three years in charge, is to make several changes to his side due to a number of injuries and with players playing for their futures.