N'Golo Kante Signs New 5-Year Contract at Chelsea

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 4, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

N'Golo Kante has agreed a new five-year contract at Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2023. 

The Blues confirmed the news in a statement Friday.

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BREAKING: @nglkante extends his Chelsea contract to 2023 🔵😃 #Kante2023 https://t.co/OIxkgDBLAx

Chelsea's statement included comments from the Frenchman: "I'm happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years, and I wish for more to come. Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time."

According to Simon Johnson in the Evening Standard, Kante's new deal could be worth up to £290,000 per week.

That would make him the highest paid player in the club's history, per ESPN FC's Liam Twomey.

Kante, 27, has been one of the Premier League's best players for the last three seasons.

He was arguably the key player in successive title-winning sides, first with Leicester City in 2015-16 and then Chelsea in 2016-17.

In the summer he then started every one of France's matches as they won the 2018 FIFA World Cup to complete his remarkable rise to the peak of the game:

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N’Golo Kanté’s last five years in football: 2013: Championnat National 2014: Ligue 2 2015: Ligue 1 2016: Premier League champion 2017: Premier League champion 2018: World Cup winner From tier 3 to top of the world. https://t.co/Ft9OD7Lo8W

Kante boasts just about every attribute needed from a defensive midfielder.

His positioning, tackling and work rate are impeccable, while he also boasts a fine range of passing.

Under new manager Maurizio Sarri, Kante has played every minute as Chelsea have gone unbeaten in 12 matches this season in the Premier League.

He continues to be a vital player at Chelsea, and it is fantastic news for the west London outfit that he has committed his future to the club.