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Leicester ace Kante on move to Chelsea in £30m deal

By Steven Beacom

Published 16/07/2016

N'Golo Kante has completed a £30m move to Chelsea
N'Golo Kante has completed a £30m move to Chelsea

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has issued a huge statement of intent by signing Leicester City's inspirational midfielder N'Golo Kante for £30m.

The Frenchman played a starring role in helping the Foxes win the Premier League title last season and while he savoured his time under Claudio Ranieri, the move to Stamford Bridge was too tempting to turn down even though Leicester will play in the Champions League in the coming campaign and Chelsea won't.

The deal represents a big profit for Leicester, who bought the 25-year-old from French side Caen for £5.5m last summer.

Ranieri will know that Kante will be difficult to replace given his all-action performances in the Premier League over the last year. And he helped hosts France reach the final of Euro 2016 where they lost 1-0 to Portugal.

Conte, who officially took over at Chelsea this week following his spell with Italy, believes Kante will be a key performer in making the Blues title contenders again and plans to bring in more top quality players.

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