CHELsea on Saturday named France international, N’Golo Kante as its second signing under new manager, Italian Antonio Conte ahead of the new English Premier League season which gets underway next month.
Kante joins the first signing, Michy Batshuayi from the French League barely a week after a splendid performance with the Les Bleus at the Euro 2016 championship, where France lost 0-1 in the final to Portugal off Eder’s extra-time goal.
The 25-year-old forward, who was instrumental in Leicester City’s EPL success last season, according to the Blues official website signed a five-year contract.
“I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me.
“The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.
“My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success,” Kante told the Chelsea official website.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s technical director, Michael Emenalo defended the signing of the Malian-born player.
“N’Golo is a fantastic signing ahead of the new season and we are delighted to have been able to bring such a talented player to the club.
“He is a perfect fit in terms of Antonio Conte’s philosophies and the style of football he wants to play.
“For a player of his age he has already built a wealth of experience and his exceptional quality will without doubt be a great addition to the team,” Emenalo, a former Nigerian international said.
Kante, a former Boulogne of France player made 37 appearances during the Foxes EPL triumph last season and was named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year.