The amazing growth of N & Golo Kante in the last five years
N 'Golo Kante on Friday agreed an extension of the five-year contract with Chelsea until June 2023.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the last five years of the 27-year-old midfielder, which includes two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a European Championship final and a World Cup victory.
After joining Caen de Boulogne in the previous season, he helped his new team move from Ligue 2 to the French top flight. He scored Caen's first goal of the Ligue 1 season against Evian and was sent off against Rennes, the next suspension for a single game the only time he was absent in the league for the entire season.
Kante has played a key role in ensuring the survival of Ligue 1 for Caen. His defensive contributions attracted attention and an attempt by Marseille, whose offer was described by Caen as "disrespectful". But it was signed by Leicester on August 3 for a fee of £ 5.6 million. He made his debut as a substitute in a 4-2 victory over Sunderland – the first of Claudio Ranieri as head of Fox.
N & # 39; Golo Kante starred with Claudio Ranieri, left, in Leicester (Nick Potts / PA)
Leicester was transformed under Ranieri and with the influence of Kante that attracted the plaudits. The Foxes, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, completed a memorable victory in the Premier League. He was part of the French team that reached the final of Euro 2016 in Paris, only for Portugal to upset the hosts. Kante did not participate in the final. He traded the King Power Stadium for Stamford Bridge with a £ 32m move to Chelsea on July 16th, although the Blues had finished a tenth and the foxes were in the Champions League. He scored his first goal with Chelsea in a 4-0 win over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.
N & # 39; Golo Kante was named Player of the Year PFA 2016-17 (Barry Coombs / PA)
Kante became the first player after Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993 to win successive English championships with different clubs. But Cantona did not play at full speed with Leeds or Manchester United. His Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard joked that the midfielder must have a twin, he was so impressed by the unstoppable athleticism, the indomitable will and the incredible intelligence of Kante's game. The personal awards have been received. Kante was named Player of the Year of the Professional Soccer Players and Player of the Year of Footballers.
N & # 39; Golo Kante played a key role as France won the World Cup against Croatia by Luka Modric (Owen Humphreys / PA)
A relatively disappointing season at Chelsea ended with a fifth place in the Premier League and victory in the FA Cup, against Manchester United, at Wembley. He helped France to win the second World Cup victory, 20 years after their first, in Russia 2018. During the celebrations, Kante was cradled by his teammates, including Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, who wanted to recognize his contribution. Kante helped Chelsea to come across 12 games from the start of the season and signed a five-year contract extension on November 23rd.
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