Ranieri: Foxes fans should applaud Kante

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante deserves applause when he returns to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

The French midfielder helped the Foxes to the Premier League title last season, before making the switch to the Blues, and will face his former club for the first time in the English Football League Cup third-round clash.

"I will be very happy if our fans clap him at the beginning and afterwards he is an enemy," the Italian coach said.

"I will give to him a very warm welcome back and I am sure also our fans they must appreciate what he did last season and give him a warm welcome."

Despite Leicester’s title success, the Blues were able to tempt the 25-year-old away, and Ranieri took the opportunity to thank two other star players for resisting a transfer away from the club.

"He was very important for us and I think he was even more important for us than at Chelsea because Chelsea have so many big players," Ranieri added.

"They must understand that when a big team arrives, it is difficult to say no. For this reason, I say thank you to Jamie Vardy and his family, and to Riyad [Mahrez] when they decided to stay here. For us, it was important to maintain everybody."