Leicester City are preparing to face Manchester United tomorrow in a game that could seal them the league title.
The Italian explained how his goalkeeper is a fantastic player with his own personality, and believes he has never been in his Father's shadow:
"Kasper Schmeichel is a fantastic player, a fantastic keeper, with his own personality and he deserves this. For me he was never in this shadow. For this reason I say, 'Finish! Stop talking about his dad!"
Schmeichel, 29, has been a vital player for the Foxes in what has been an incredible Premier League campaign. He has played in every single minute of Leicester's title challenge, conceding just 33 goals in 35 games. His form of late seems to have got even better, if that's possible, and he has managed to keep six clean sheets in his last seven outings.
Ranieri was full of praise for his Danish goalkeeper, and responded in jest to rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona:
"It's fantastic — how much money?! Or we can change Lionel Messi with Kasper!"
If the Foxes manage to beat Manchester United tomorrow it would complete a a quite incredible turnaround for the club who were battling relegation this time last year.
Ranieri finished off by explaining how his two ex-Man United players - Danny Drinkwater and Danny Simpson, are extra motivated to get the job done at Old Trafford:
"Of course they have a little more to show because they are like family. A little part of their hearts is also for Manchester United and they want to show a good performance there."