While Gokhan Inler and Ritchie de Laet were given permission to leave, Ranieri admitted he made an error of judgement in expecting every single one of his prime movers to stay put.
"If I am honest, no-one," he said when asked who he thought would leave King Power Stadium.
"I thought everybody wanted to stay with Leicester and continue to fight. I made a mistake.
"One did want to go. Kante is finished. It is not an excuse now because there isn't Kante."