It was 2016 and Conte kept his word, as Kante’s £ 30million signing proved to be the key to Chelsea’s success under the Italian.
Conte always felt he had three world-class players in his Chelsea squad who won the title and then the FA Cup. One was Kante and the other two, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, will try to help the Frenchman reach his first Champions League final.
Hazard and Courtois both left Stamford Bridge in an attempt to reach greater heights, and yet Kante will have the chance to become European champion before them if Chelsea can defeat Real Madrid in the return leg of their semi-final of Champions League Wednesday evening. .
Now on his fourth Chelsea manager, Kante is chasing his fourth trophy at Stamford Bridge, having won the title, the FA Cup and the Europa League, and a Champions League winner’s medal would confirm his place among modern greats. It would also put Kante above Hazard in Chelsea’s list of greatest players.
This summer, Kante could have won all the top honors in club and international football if he could add the Champions League to his Chelsea run and the European Championships to the 2018 World Cup success he won. with France.
Hazard was part of a star-studded Chelsea squad who realized the club had signed a special player after just a few practice sessions debating whether or not Kante had arrived with a twin brother.
“I think sometimes when I’m on the pitch I can see it twice,” Hazard said. “One on the left, one on the right. I think I play with twins! “
Kante upgraded the Mini he first parked at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham. But, even since becoming the club’s highest paid player at £ 290,000 a week, there are those who wonder what he is spending his money on given his apparent lack of interest in material possessions.
Both Francophones who value their privacy and time spent with their family in relation to any sort of ostentatious celebrity lifestyle, Hazard and Kante shared an affinity on and off the pitch, and it was a blow to the 30-year-old, as well as for Chelsea. , when the Belgian moved to Madrid.
Of the first team with which he won his first Premier League title at Chelsea, only captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Kurt Zouma remain and there are concerns over the past 12 months that Kante has, at times, reduced a isolated figure. at the club – never more than when he initially chose not to resume training after the coronavirus quit last year.
Kante could lose more of his friends this summer with Olivier Giroud set to leave Chelsea and doubts hang over Zouma’s future, and that says a lot about Kante’s private character that no one could say for sure how great he is. happy at the club.