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N’Golo Kante to be Chelsea’s New Number 7

N’Golo Kante to be Chelsea’s New Number 7

N’Golo Kante will wear the number seven shirt for his new club Chelsea this season.

The French international capped a stunning season in English football by following up Leicester’s Premier League win with a starring role in his country’s run to Euro 2016 and then a £32million move to Stamford Bridge.

It’s a big signing for Antonio Conte, with the Italian stealing one of the league’s best players from last season as he looks to make Chelsea a title contender again.

They finished 10th in the table after failing to recover from a disastrous opening first half of the season under Jose Mourinho.

But the appointment of Conte and addition of Kante indicate Chelsea mean business this season, and fans will be excited at the prospect of the Italian’s team.

Kante hasn’t been paraded by the club yet since signing, as he’s been on holiday following the Euros.

However, Chelsea have now confirmed what number he will wear – with the defensive midfielder taking over the number seven jersey vacated by Ramires when he moved to China at the beginning of this year.

It could be seen as unconventional for a combative defensive midfield player like Kante to get a number usually associated with an attacking midfielder, but it won’t matter much – the Frenchman will be expected to dominate for Chelsea next season.

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