Ranieri ready to welcome back midfielder

Ranieri ready to welcome back midfielder

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says N'Golo Kante was more important to the Foxes than he is for Tuesday's EFL Cup opponents Chelsea.

Ranieri is ready to welcome Kante back to the King Power Stadium this week when Chelsea's £32million signing returns as part of Antonio Conte's squad.

The Foxes boss said: "I'll give [N'Golo Kante] a very warm welcome. I'm sure our fans must appreciate what he did last season and give a warm welcome back."

Ranieri admits his side have been missing aspects of Kante's game in their performances this season, although back-to-back clean sheets against Club Brugge and Burnley have quelled concerns over their defence.

"N'Golo was very important for us," he added. "Maybe more important for us than Chelsea as they have so many defensive midfielders."