N’Golo Kante signs new long-term deal at Chelsea

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N'Golo Kante will remain as the heartbeat of Chelsea’s midfield.

The Frenchman signed a new five-year contract with the Blues on Friday, as Kante’s future now lies at Stamford Bridge until at least 2023. It has been reported that Kante’s new deal will see him earn $19.9 million per season, which is double what he earned before.

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In the past three seasons the 27-year-old has been a revelation in the Premier League, winning the title back-to-back with Leicester and Chelsea in his first two years in England, then winning the FA Cup with Chelsea last season.

Kante added a World Cup winners medal over the summer with France and his destructive play in midfield is admired throughout the soccer world. That said, his game has evolved under Maurizio Sarri this season as he’s been asked to play in a slightly more advanced role.

Speaking about his new deal, Kante was typically laid back and, as always, almost seemed a little embarrassed by all of the attention on him.

It is impossible to not love Kante, who worked his way up through the French lower leagues and then landed at Leicester and led their incredible title success in 2015-16.

The way he seamlessly transitioned to Chelsea as they also won the title in the following season — Kante was named the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Player of the Year for 2016-17 — was quite remarkable and he remains one of the most consistent players in the entire Premier League.

The way he reads the game, intercepts the ball and times his tackles to perfection remain a thing of beauty.