Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante left Premier League champions Leicester City in order to work with Antonio Conte, he says.
Kante, who made his move away from the Caludio Ranieri’s side after Euro 2016, signed a five-year deal with Chelsea after both clubs agreed a deal worth in excess of £32million.
The 25-year-old became the second summer signing by Conte and it was the new Italian manager that swayed Kante’s decision to move to Stamford Bridge.
‘It was a little bit difficult because what we did last year with Leicester was a very, very big achievement. But now, it’s a new step for me and I hope good things will come,’ the midfielder told the club website.
‘I chose Chelsea because I spoke with the manager here and when I did that, I realised the capacity of the manager and that is why I made my decision.
‘Now I have discovered him, and discovered how he is training, how he is, and what I can say is, he is passionate and a hard worker. He likes to communicate, to make me understand his idea of football, here.
‘He said he knows how I play and he thinks I can be a good player for his team, and that’s why I’ve come, here. And, of course, I like Premier League football, and that is why I decided to stay in this league.
‘My ambition is to achieve good things with the club, to get success in the Premier League and, I hope, return to the Champions League.
‘To the supporters, the only thing I would like to say now is that, I will always give my best for the club, for the team.’
Conte, who vacated his position as the manager of the Italian national side after Euro 2016, hailed the arrival of N’Golo Kante when the Frenchman signed for Chelsea earlier this summer.
‘I want to say that Kante was a target, and for this reason, I am very happy that the club have bought this player,’ said Conte about the Frenchman.
‘He (Kante) is a good player with great technique and stamina,’ he added. ‘If you want to win, you need this type of player.
‘Me and the club identified this player. I think that Kante can give a lot to Chelsea. He’s very important to us.’