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Antonio Conte: I’d never heard of this Chelsea player two years ago

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits he hadn’t heard of N’Golo Kante before his title-winning season with Leicester City.

Antonio Conte: I'd never heard of this Chelsea player two years ago

The France international was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League last season as Claudio Ranieri’s side sealed a huge title upset.

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Kante was signed for just £5.6 million from Caen and spent just one season at Leicester before Chelsea snapped him up for £32m this summer.

And when asked if he’d head of Kante before his move to Leicester, Conte told Sky Sport Italia programme ‘Mister Condo’: ‘No. Before [Leicester], no – I must be honest. But I do now.

‘I remember before the game against Leicester that many people thought that N’Golo is another player compared to last year, when he played with Leicester.

‘Instead I said N’Golo is playing very well with us and we are very pleased to have this player with us. For sure he is a very good player.

‘I think he is a complete midfielder, not only a defensive midfielder.

‘You can see in the last three league games that N’Golo could have scored three goals. Against Hull after Diego Costa had hit the post, against Leicester when there was a deflection, and then he scored against Manchester United.

‘He is a player that always arrives in the box, it’s fantastic. He has fantastic stamina – also good technique, good positioning, a good personality.

‘He can play box-to-box, but I prefer to respect the position. I like when N’Golo goes to press, and with this [3-4-3] system I ask [the players] a lot to press, to go forward. I think N’Golo is very good at this.’

3 Comments on Antonio Conte: I’d never heard of this Chelsea player two years ago

  1. He’s such a wonderful player….


  2. So fit and strong


  3. He is a strong and complete player. Chelsea need such quality of players to win the league


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