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N'Golo Kante says farewell to Leicester

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Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante has joined Chelsea on a five year deal for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £30m, a club record sale.

Kante played a pivotal role in the Foxes 2015/16 title-winning season, appearing in a total of 40 games and recording the most interceptions made of any player in the Premier League.

Despite a substantially improved offer from Leicester, Kante's heart was set on making this "dream move" to Chelsea.

"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," said Kante.

Today he released the following statement:

Leicester already have a suitable replacement in Nampalys Mendy, who captained Nice to a fourth-place finish last season. He's an intelligent playmaker with excellent awareness on the ball. Mendy has been compared to PSG's Marco Verratti combined with the ability to win the ball in the middle of the park. Many scouts have touted Mendy to be the superior player, so it's not yet doom and gloom for the Leicester faithful.

And as we've stated earlier, this was the same scenario last summer when Esteban Cambiasso left.