As Ranieri prepares his Foxes to take on United at Old Trafford on Saturday, he spoke glowingly of the England skipper who despite being a top quality player, would not find a spot with the reigning Premier League champions.
"He is an amazing player. He's a champion," said Ranieri of Rooney.
"I love my players, and I wouldn't change my players with anybody else.
"I'm very pleased with them and we think we can have a very good season."