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Ngolo Kante leaves Stamford Bridge

Ngolo Kante with Al Ittihad shirt
The now ex-Chelsea and France midfielder has reached an agreement to transfer to the Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad on a three-year deal.

Chelsea has confirmed the departure of club legend Ngolo Kante. The midfielder set to join Saudi Professional League side Al-Ittihad at the expiration of his contract this June.

Ngolo Kante with Al Ittihad shirt

The World Cup winner has penned a four-year contract with the Saudi club which will see him earn over £21.5m each season.

Towards the end of the 2022/23 campaign, he looked set to extend his stay for a further two years before picking up another injury as the season concluded. That was the drawing the curtain on his illustrious Premier League career.

During his time at the club, the 32-year-old box-to-box midfielder achieved remarkable success winning multiple prestigious titles.  Successes in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. This solidifies his place in the team’s illustrious history.

Kante’s game evolved during his time at Stamford Bridge and he played in a more advanced midfield role en route to Chelsea winning the 2019 Europa League.

On his farewell message, Chelsea Co-sporting directors, Lawrence Stewart and Paul Winstanley commended his influence in the sqaud.

“Ngolo’s impact and influence during his time at Chelsea cannot be overstated.”

“His tireless performances in midfield contributed to several trophy wins and has guaranteed him a place in the club’s history. We wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter in his career.”

Kante first came to England in 2015, signing for Leicester from Caen for £5.5million.

He was an immediate success under Claudio Ranieri, and played 37 times as Leicester stormed to a historic title win. A year later, Chelsea moved for him in a £32m deal following a request from new boss Antonio Conte.

And Kante became the first player since Eric Cantona in 1993 to win back-to-back titles with two different clubs.

He went on to play 269 times for Chelsea, winning a collection of every available trophy within that time.

“It is part of the club’s efforts to establish itself as a top choice for world-class players in the Saudi Professional League.”

“Ittihad Club wishes Kante success in achieving the club’s goals. In turn fulfilling the expectations of all the club’s fans and supporters during his time with the team.”

He is now expected to link up with former international teammate and ex-Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad.

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