Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has today moved to reassure the club’s fans regarding his future, revealing that he feels ‘at home’ at Stamford Bridge.
Rise to stardom
Kante, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Leicester City in the summer of 2016, has proven an absolute revelation since making the move to the Premier League from Caen in 2015.
After playing a starring role for the Foxes on their way to securing a shock English top-flight crown during his debut campaign with the club, Kante was sought out by a number of Europe’s top clubs, with the likes of Manchester United, PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid having all been linked with moves for the diminutive Frenchman.
However, in the end, it was Chelsea who opted to splash out the required £32 million to coax Kante away from the King Power Stadium, a fee which, in hindsight, looks an absolute bargain.
The 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength since his move to London, racking up both the Premier League Player and Players’ Player of the Year awards last season, as he secured his second league title in two seasons in England.
Despite Kante’s absolutely crucial role at Stamford Bridge, however, the Frenchman has actually been persistently linked with a possible exit from the English capital, with Real Madrid and PSG the sides most persistently linked with a bid for his services.
A report from Le 10 Sport back in January even went as far as to state that the latter of these sides (who were Chelsea’s main rivals for Kante before his departure from Leicester) have identified the Blues’ star as their no. 1 summer target, with numerous outlets having since backed this claim.
But Kante himself seems to have other ideas, with the French midfielder having seemingly pledged his future to Chelsea during an interview with Football Focus earlier today.
The 20-time capped international referred to the capital outfit as ‘my club’, before revealing his certainty that Antonio Conte’s men will secure a top-four spot and subsequent place in next season’s Champions League:
‘I am at home. It is my club, I am a Chelsea player.’
‘This is my second year at Chelsea. After what happened last season, it was a very good one for us because we got to celebrate winning the title.’
‘In the second season, I have got to play in the Champions League and we are going again to finish in the top four.’
‘We will fight until the end to finish in the top four and to get in a Champions League position.’
‘We also have the FA Cup to play for – it is a good competition. Last season we failed in the final. It is the only trophy we can win this season, so we have to give everything to get to the final and win it.’