English Premier League: Leicester City's N'Golo Kante completes GBP 32 million switch to Chelsea
N'Golo Kante, signed for Leicester last summer from French club Caen for a bargain £5.6 million.
Chelsea on Saturday announced the signing of Leicester City`s defensive midfielder N`Golo Kante on a five-year deal to become new boss Antonio Conte`s second capture of the summer.
The fee for the French international was about £32 million (38 million euros, $42 million), British media said, and comes after Chelsea snapped up Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for a similar fee.
"I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It`s a dream come true for me," the 25-year-old Kante told Chelsea`s website.
"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."
Kante, signed for Leicester last summer from French club Caen for a bargain £5.6 million, was a revelation breaking down attacks during his maiden season in England as Claudio Ranieri`s side became shock Premier League champions.
He was named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players` Player of the Year award - won by Foxes team-mate Riyad Mahrez - but his displays also brought him to the attention of Europe`s biggest clubs.
"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," added Kante.
"I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success."
Chelsea`s technical director Michael Emenalo called Kante "a perfect fit in terms of Antonio Conte`s philosophies and the style of football he wants to play.
"For a player of his age he has already built up a wealth of experience and his exceptional quality will without doubt be a great addition to the team."