"When a team plays so well and achieves something so special, it was normal other managers would look at my players," Ranieri said.
"Riyad, Jamie, everybody — not only English managers, also managers around the world were looking at them. Of course I am pleased Mahrez has decided to stay but I was so sure that it was only speculation.
"We spoke together last season and we spoke again in pre-season. Each time he told me he was very happy to stay here. He signed for four years and if a man signs for four years he wants to stay.
"I thought everybody wanted to stay with Leicester and continue to fight. But I made a mistake. One did want to go — Kante is finished with us and he has gone."