Antonio Conte opens up about new Chelsea signing
Antonio Conte discusses N'Golo Kante's arrival at Chelsea over the weekend
Antonio Conte says he has been impressed by N’Golo Kante’s start to life at Chelsea.
The midfielder reported for his first training session as a Blues player last week after completing his transfer from Leicester City earlier last month to become Chelsea’s second summer signing.
Kante will be hoping to continue his impressive performances after he helped to inspire Leicester to the top-flight title last season and featured for France at Euro 2016.
And Conte has lifted the lid on his initial conversations with Kante following the holding midfielder’s switch to the west London club.
Speaking in an interview with Chelsea’s website, Conte said: “For N’Golo today, it was the first day of training and he started to look at our idea of football, to understand our mentality and we are pleased to have N’Golo with us.
“I think he is a player that doesn’t speak a lot but he does fight and it’s very important, a good guy, humble and with a great will to work.
“I explained to him what I expect on the pitch and I think he’s an important player, he can become an important player for Chelsea in the midfield. In the same way like Matic, like Fabregas. I am pleased to have all the players, it’s very important because we know that in 20 days we start and we need to start in a good way.
“I think N’Golo is a bit shy. He just arrived in Chelsea and he must take confidence with the club, his team-mates and the manager. But I am pleased he is here.
“His physical condition is fantastic. He’s a runner. He has great stamina. He has fantastic endurance, he’s in good shape but we want to respect the time in training sessions, to get him to play with us in the future.”
Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their disastrous 10th-placed finish in the Premier League last season, as they gear up for life under new manager Conte at Stamford Bridge.
The west London side won the Premier League title and League Cup under Jose Mourinho in 2014-15 but the Portuguese coach was sacked as Chelsea boss back in December.