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Published: 15:03 | 16/7/16

Chelsea sign Kante from Leicester


Chelsea have signed France midfielder N'Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City for a reported £32m fee.

The Euro 2016 star put pen to paper on a five-year deal on Saturday evening after completing a medical and agreeing terms with the West London club.

"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 said.

"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.

"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. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success."

Kante becomes new manager Antonio Conte's second signing at Stamford Bridge after Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, who agreed a £33m transfer from Marseille at the start of July.

The Parisian cost Leicester £5.6m when he joined from Caen 12 months ago, and played in all but one of the Foxes' league matches in last season's Premier League-winning campaign.

He made made more tackles (175) and interceptions (156) than any other player in the Premier League last year.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo added: "N’Golo is a fantastic signing ahead of the new season and we are delighted to have been able to bring such a talented player to the club.

"He is 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."

Conte is likely to add to his squad further before the end of the transfer window, after stating earlier in the week that he hopes to sign "one, two or three players."

"We are talking with the club and we know that this team needs to reinforce. I am sure that in the coming days we can reach our target to reinforce the team, to go closer to the other teams," the Italian said.

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