Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed the player that can replace his former midfield partner Nemanja Matic at the Stamford Bridge.
The reigning Player of the Year was influential in last season title victory for Chelsea and the Blues’ coach Antonio Conte believes he has already begun the campaign justifying the accolade he received last season.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte believes he has already begun the campaign justifying that accolade.
But Kante, it seems, sees things a little differently."I don’t feel like the Player of the Year. I don’t really care about it when I play on the pitch,” he said."I think in football when one game passes we need to forget to keep improving. "I think last season was amazing for me and the club, but this was the past and we need to focus on the future.
"I just try to always do my best when I’m on the pitch, try to improve in training and give my best in the game."
Meanwhile, Kante is convinced France team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko can comfortably fill the void left by Nemanja Matic's departure to Manchester United.
The Serbian international made it clear he wanted to leave for Old Trafford in the summer and he was sold for £40m.
Matic was replaced by Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, for the same fee he was sold to Manchester United.
The French star is six years younger than Matic and he has impressed in his three appearances for the Blues and he has was among the scorers in the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea during their last game against Qarabag.
Kante added: "For sure, Nemanja Matic was a good player for us. I know he was in Chelsea for many years. "I had the chance to play one year with him and he was a very good player for me. We spent a good season together. "He [has] left now, he plays for United but Bakayoko has come and I think he’s a good player, and that we can do very well with him."
Chelsea will entertain Arsenal on Sunday at the Stamford Bridge for their Premier League clash haven lost their last two meeting to the Gunners.