Chelsea have announced the signing of France international N’Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City. The midfielder signed a 5-year-deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.
The clubs haven't reveal the transfer fee, but according to several reports Chelsea paid a fee of €36m (£30.5m) for the 25-year-old midfielder.
The French international is the second addition to new manager, Conte's squad this summer, following the arrival of Michy Batshuayi.
Chelsea is the fourth professional club of Kante's career. He was born in Paris and played for his local amateur side Suresnes until the age of 19 when he moved north and joined Boulogne.
Kante’s performances for Boulogne in 2012/13, when they were in the French third tier, caught the eye of Caen in the division above, and he helped power the Normandy club to promotion to Ligue 1 in his first season there, playing every game.
Last season he was an important part of Premier League title winner Leicester City team, playing 43 games in all competitions for the Italians, all as a starter. In the Champions League he came up against FC Barcelona on two occasions in the group stage, starting both the 1-1 draw in Rome and the 6-1 defeat at Camp Nou.
Kante said the club's official website:
"I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me. 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."
"My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success."
Kante made his debut for France national team in march this year in an international friendly against Netherlands. He quickly became a key player and he reached 8 appearances. He was part of France squad in the recent Euro 2016 tournament, his national team reaching the final.