"I'll let you figure out why. However, I never thought about buying him."
Although he has no plans to buy Lampard, Ranieri is in no doubt that he would succeed in Serie A.
"I'm very attached to Lampard," Ranieri added. "He would be great in Italy because he is always interested in different types of football.
"He loves knowing about football and that's why he wouldn't have much of a problem adapting."