‘My dream’: N’Golo Kante opens up on emotional Chelsea exit after agreeing Al-Ittihad move
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The French midfielder joined Chelsea and became only the second player since Eric Cantona who has won back-to-back Premier League titles having won it with Leicester before repeating the trick when he signed fo the Blues the following year.
He admits Chelsea made his dreams come true in his final interview after his exit was confirmed.
He told the club’s official website: “My dream was to become a footballer and to try and win trophies. “Joining Chelsea was the perfect arrangement for me to achieve those dreams.
“The first day I joined Chelsea, I was told very early on that the objective here is always to win trophies. Always. I’ve managed to do that and I’m so grateful to my coaches, my teammates, and the Chelsea supporters for helping me achieve this.
“I remember how the move to Chelsea came about, very clearly. 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.
“Straight away, 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. I never once regretted that choice, it was perfect for me.
“Throughout my time at Chelsea, I’ve worked with some incredible coaches who have all helped me develop my game.
“When everyone plays together in the same state of mind, it helps you pull together as a collective and that’s something I really felt at Chelsea. From joining in 2016 to now, I’ve developed as a player so much and that’s down to this club allowing me the opportunity to do so.”
Chelsea finished endured a forgettable first year under the new owners and have appointed Mauricio Pochettino to help bring back the glory day. The former Tottenham manager would however have to do it without Kante who has been considered by many as the most important Chelsea player of the last decade.