N'Golo Kante has revealed Chelsea's project and a speech from the Blues manager Antonio Conte convinced him to make a switch to the Stamford Bridge. The midfielder left the Premier League champions Leicester City and joined the west London club on 16 July.
The 25-year-old was instrumental in the Foxes title winning campaign last season. His form saw him make it to the France squad for the Euro 2016, which they lost to Portugal in the final in front of their own supporters.
Kante's form for both club and country saw him attract interest from top clubs from England and abroad. Apart from Chelsea, Arsenal, their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly interested in the Frenchman's services, according to The Daily Mail.
The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger revealed that he was an admirer of his compatriot and admitted that Kante was a "rare talent." However, it was Chelsea who managed to beat competition from rival clubs in securing the Premier League star's signature and Kante
"At the beginning of the 2016/2017 new season, I chose to join Chelsea FC club. It is a great club, which has just recruited a great coach and want to reach high ambitions I share," Kante wrote on his official Facebook page.
"The club's project and the coach's speech have convinced me to join this new ambitious adventure. I am now waiting to see my new club and give everything for a successful summer... And season of course!!! We keep in touch!"
Kante moved to the King Power Stadium from Caen last summer. After being one of the star players for the Foxes, the France international went on to thank Leicester and their manager Claudio Ranieri for giving him an opportunity to be a part of the title winning squad.
"The 2015/2016 past season will remain as an important season for me as a football player.After a fantastic season, It ended with a final of Euro2016 with the French National team," he added.
"We lost, but we can be proud. Our team and the fervor of the French people have given us strength and I wanted to say THANK YOU ALL.
"I want to thank the leaders, my teammates and Claudio Ranieri for this fantastic season that saw us winning the title of England. Their confidence and also the fan's will forever remain in my memory. And I again thank you all."