N’Golo Kante’s next assignment has been wished well by a number of Chelsea players, who have signed a contract with Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
Following the news of N’Golo Kante’s departure to Al-Ittihad, Reece James and Mason Mount bid farewell to the Frenchman. The 32-year-old was offered the opportunity to stay at Chelsea longer, but he chose to try himself in the Saudi Pro League instead.
During his seven-year stint at Stamford Bridge, Kante made 269 appearances for the Blues, directly contributing to 29 goals from midfield. He was instrumental in Chelsea’s victories in the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup.
The France international helped the west Londoners accomplish their wildest aspirations, although he struggled to keep fit towards the conclusion of his term. Kante was a fan favorite, and he’ll be missed just as much by his teammates, who have congratulated him on his new business on social media.
James was among the first to get the ball going, posting a heartfelt message on his Instagram story. “Nicest guy in football,” the 23-year-old defender added, along with a sobbing emoji. It’s been a pleasure to share a dressing room with you and play beside you. “Best wishes, brother; you will be missed.”
Mount then followed suit, paying his respects to Kante. The Cobham graduate kept his statement brief and sweet, using a blue love emoji and writing: “Legend.”
Kante addressed an open appeal to supporters and colleagues alike shortly after his departure from Chelsea was confirmed. “I remember how the move to Chelsea came about, very clearly,” the Frenchman wrote in a blog on the club’s official website.
“I was at Leicester and we had an amazing season. Shortly after we won the title, my agent called me and told me that Chelsea were interested in signing me. Straightaway, I had a good chemistry with Antonio Conte.
“He was the coach who signed me and I felt that he knew what he wanted from me and what he wanted, and expected, from the club. So from then I decided to join Chelsea and I never once regretted that choice, it was perfect for me.”