Kante became Chelsea’s second signing of the summer yesterday – following Michy Batshuayi from Marseille – after the Blues agreed a £30million fee with Leicester.
And according to Spanish news outlet AS, the France international was also a target for La Liga giants Real Madrid – but he instead opted to pen a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
AS claim Real boss Zinedine Zidane was reportedly keen to bring him in to provide competition for Casemiro in the defensive midfield role.
Kante only spent a year at Leicester, but was key to helping guide Claudio Ranieri’s side to the Premier League title last season.
And Blues manager Antonio Conte is clearly thrilled to have won the race for the 25-year-old, saying on his arrival: “I want to say Kante was a target and I’m very happy the club bought the player.
“He’s a good player. He has good technique, fantastic stamina and I like this type of player.
“If you want to win a team needs this type of player – Kante, Matic and Mikel – that work hard for the team.
“We identified him, me and the club together, and I think Kante can give a lot to Chelsea, to enforce a zone which is very important if we want to play with two central midfielders.
“He showed last season he’s able to play with another midfielder. I think with this player we’ve reinforced the squad.”