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Chelsea confirm new signing has already selected his shirt number for next season


Chelsea have announced that midfielder N'Golo Kante will wear the number 7 jersey this season.

The Frenchman became the club's second summer signing after joining from Leicester City.

He signed a five-year contract with the Blues, much to the delight of manager Antonio Conte who was full of praise for the 25-year-old after an agreement has been reached earlier this month.

"I want to say Kante was a target and for this reason I'm very happy the club bought the player," Conte said.

"He's a good player. He has good technique, fantastic stamina and I like this type of player. If you want to win a team needs this type of player – Kante, Matic and Mikel – that work hard for the team.

"We identified him, me and the club together, and I think Kante can give a lot to Chelsea, to enforce a zone which is very important if we want to play with two central midfielders.

"He showed last season he's able to play with another midfielder. I think with this player we've reinforced the squad.

"All together we are working to improve the squad. We know we have to but we prefer to wait and go for our targets, rather than go with emotion and take the players who don't adapt to our idea of football."

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