Chelsea have officially completed the signing of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City, bringing the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge on a five-year contract in a deal believed to be worth around £29m.
The France international becomes the first of Claudio Ranieri’s first-team to leave the club after their incredible title-winning season, with Riyad Mahrez still said to be teetering on the brink of an exit from the King Power Stadium this summer – although leading scorer Jamie Vardy has committed his future to the club.
In a club statement, the player said: “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.”
N’Golo Kanté: Made more tackles and interceptions combined (331) than any other player in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 15, 2016
Conte talked about the need to strengthen the Blues’ squad during his official unveiling as Chelsea manager on Thursday, saying: “We are talking with the club and we know that this club – the team – needs to reinforce.
“I am sure that in the coming days we can reach our target to reinforce the team to go closer to the other teams that now seem to stay higher in the table compared to Chelsea. In the coming days, we can buy one, two, three players. Players that can reinforce us for the season as it will be very, very tough.”
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