N’Golo Kante has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the club have confirmed.
The France international has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence in recent years, having been instrumental in Leicester City’s shock 2015-16 Premier League title success and subsequently becoming a key figure at Stamford Bridge.
Kante joined Chelsea for a reported £30million in 2016 and enjoyed a seamless transition, instantly becoming a vital cog in Antonio Conte’s title-winning side in his debut season.
Chelsea suffered last term, but Kante remained a standout figure and has continued as such under Maurizio Sarri, playing every minute in the Premier League under the former Napoli coach.
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“I’m happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come,” the 27-year-old told Chelsea’s official website.
“Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time.”
Kante has also become a vital player at international level, already making 36 appearances for France despite only making his debut in March 2016.
He was an ever-present during Les Bleus’ World Cup-winning campaign in Russia earlier this year and off the pitch Kante – who was said to be too shy to lift the trophy – has been lauded for his humility.
“We are delighted N’Golo has signed a new contract and sees his long-term future with Chelsea,” said director Marina Granovskaia.
“When he arrived, we knew we had signed a special player, but he has astounded everybody with his tireless and unselfish displays.
“Off the pitch, he remains a dedicated professional and a humble human being despite the fact he is a world champion and a two-time Premier League winner.
“We now look forward to five more years with N’Golo at the heart of the Chelsea midfield.”
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