Kante was arguably one of the best players in the Premier League last season and his contribution proved to be crucial in helping Leicester claim the title against all odds.
Having impressed, Chelsea decided to splash £30million to sign Kante this summer and now the French international is set to make his return to the King Power Stadium when Leicester square off against the Blues in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Ranieri spoke of Kante ahead of the clash and has urged the Foxes faithful to welcome Kante back to the East Midlands before quickly remembering that he is no longer a Leicester favourite.
"I will be very happy if our fans clap him at the beginning and afterwards he is an enemy," said Ranieri.
"They must understand that when arrives a big team it is difficult to say no.
"For this reason I say thank you to Jamie Vardy and his family, and to Riyad when they decided to stay here. For us it was important to maintain everybody."