Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has praised midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has been a big part in the Blues’ outstanding season so far.
Kante, who was signed from Leicester City on a £32m move last summer, lifted the Premier League PFA Player of the Year award two days ago.
“N’Golo was our target. I was very pleased to reach this target in our transfer market. – Conte said – We spent this money in the right way”.
“Also, it’s important to understand that sometimes you can see players with great talent, who score goals – and these players are important – but if you trust in an idea of football, in the team, it’s important to have a squad with good balance, a squad with talent but also with people like N’Golo, who are very good, very strong at winning the ball, fighting and working so hard for the team”.
“When you build a team it’s important to have a mix of talent, of people who work so hard, and to try to improve and find the right mix”.
When asked whether Kante can wear Chelsea’s armband in a near future, Conte said: “He’s a silent leader! N’Golo is young. He can improve in that aspect. When you arrive at a great team like Chelsea and it’s your first season, it’s very difficult to try to speak and lead, but I think he is a silent leader, a leader on the pitch with good example”.
“He’s not the type of player who likes to speak. He’s not like John [Terry] for personality! With years he can improve in this aspect, and this award this season brings him a lot of confidence in himself”.