Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted that new Blues signing N’Golo Kante reminds him himself as player.
The Italian coach welcomed the ex Leicester City midfielder in their Los Angeles base yesterday and could observe him during his first trainings at UCLA:
“He’s in good physical condition, fantastic. He’s a runner. He has great stamina and endurance. He’s in good shape but we want to respect the time in the training session and put him in to play with us in the future.”
Then, the comparison with himself:
“In my career I had great stamina, [I was] a great runner. Also, I scored some goals. I hope N’Golo can improve in this situation. Maybe we are similar but I know N’Golo can become a fantastic midfielder and he can improve a lot.
“I’ve had conversations with him. I explained what I expect on the pitch and that he is an important player. He can become an important player for Chelsea in the midfield, in the same way asMatic and Fabregas and the others. I’m pleased to have all the players here.”
“For N’Golo, today was his first day training with us,” he added. “He started to look at our idea of football and to understand our method.
“We are pleased to have N’Golo with us because he is a player who doesn’t speak a lot but he does his job. He’s a good guy, humble, with a great will to work. It’s very important to me, this.”