CHELSEA have signed France midfielder N’Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City on a five-year contract, the west London club said at the weekend. Kante, 25, is new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s second acquisiton, following Olympique Marseille’s Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, and arrives after playing at Euro 2016. “I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me,” Kante was quoted as saying on the Chelsea website (www.chelseafc.com). “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.” Leicester said they accepted a club record fee at the weekend before Kante finalised terms and completed a medical. “Despite the offer of a substantially improved, long-term contract, it became apparent that N’Golo’s wish was to join Chelsea,” said a Foxes statement. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal earlier in the summer, but there is continued speculation winger Riyad Mahrez could leave. Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo described Kante as a “fantastic” signing with “exceptional quality”. “He is a perfect fit in terms of Antonio Conte’s philosophies and the style of football he wants to play,” added Emenalo
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